2018 Statutory Holidays in Canada

The next holiday is Family Day (Feb 19 in AB, SK & ON. Feb 12 in BC) in 31 days.

On this page you can find information about 2018 Canadian holidays and when they are celebrated.

Canada Day in 2018 will be on July 2 because July 1 falls on a Sunday so the statutory holiday is moved forward one day to Monday, July 2. This hopefully ensures that there is no confusion around time off - like last year when it was on Saturday. We're interested in your comments about how your employer handles time off for Canada day in 2018. Send or read comments on the bottom of the Canada Day holiday page.

Easter in 2018 is April 1, Sunday. Easter is an important Christian religious holiday and the second most lucrative commercial holiday after Christmas. Read more about Easter traditions, games and origins

Remembrance Day is still not a national statutory holiday in 2018. Do you think it should be? Post your thoughts about this contentious issue on the Remembrance Day page.

Christmas Day in 2018 is on Tuesday and Boxing Day is on Wednesday. This makes it easy to plan for your holidays. Will you take Monday off? Most people will. In the past few years Christmas was on the weekend and that was the source of heated discussions concerning vacation days.

Download the 2018 holiday calendar in a PDF format or view it as a printer-friendly page.


2018 Canadian holiday calendar


Holiday Date in 2018 Observance
New Year's Day January 1, Monday National
Islander Day February 19, Monday PEI
Louis Riel Day Feb 19, Monday MB
Heritage Day February 19, Monday NS
Family Day February 19, Monday (Feb 12 in BC) BC, AB, SK, ON, NB
Valentine's Day February 14, Wednesday Not a stat holiday
Leap Day No, 2018 is not a leap year -
St. Patrick's Day March 17, Saturday Not a stat holiday
Good Friday March 30, Friday National except QC
Easter Monday April 2, Monday QC
Mother's Day May 13, Sunday Not a stat holiday
Victoria Day May 21, Monday National except NB, NS, NL
Father's Day June 17, Sunday Not a holiday
Aboriginal Day June 21, Thursday NWT
St. Jean Baptiste Day June 24, Sunday QC
Canada Day July 1, Sunday National
Civic Holiday August 6, Monday AB, BC, SK, ON, NB, NU
Labour Day September 3, Monday National
Thanksgiving October 8, Monday National except NB, NS, NL
Halloween October 31, Wednesday Not a holiday
Remembrance Day November 11, Sunday National except MB, ON, QC, NS
Christmas Day December 25, Tuesday National
Boxing Day December 26, Wednesday ON

When does school start in 2018?

Most schools in 2018 start on September 4, the day after Labour Day.

Is 2018 a leap year?

2018 is not a leap year. The next leap year will be 2020.

When does daylight saving time start in 2018?

Daylight saving time in 2018 starts on Sunday, March 11 and ends on Sunday, November 4. In the spring move clocks forward one hour and in the fall move them back one hour. (Spring forward, fall back.)

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Comments
Posted by Jamie muller:

Rememberence day in Canada should be a holiday.

Posted by Josh:

They arent saying canada day is the 2nd. They have had to reallocate the holiday only superficially for payroll and avoiding time in lieu. Im pretty sure the celebration will still take place on the sunday the 1st. Everyone on here who attacks the thread with such conviction without real facts and uneducated opinions should really stop. Just from reading the first few comments ive seen nothing but complaints and negativity. Are we really canadian?

Posted by Ann:

Just wrong changing Canada day regardless of what day it falls on! Rediculious.

Posted by Melissa:

You're saying that Canada Day is July 2nd because the 1st falls on a Sunday. Canada Day IS July 1st regardless of what day of the week it falls on. It's like saying Christmas Day is going to be Dec 26 and boxing day Dec 27 if they happen to fall on weekends, not so. An employee still needs to be paid for the stat day even if it falls on a weekend so they aren't missing out on pay, just a day off and unfortunately, if you aren't a gov't employee, you may have to work it.

Posted by Emm:

Family Day is a Provincial Stat in ON introduced by the McGuinty administration, which means offices are open for business as usual for the Feds. Many just happen to use a vacation day off. If you don't believe me, call or visit your local passport office.

Posted by MG:

Government employees still get all the stats off, while hardworking Canadians still get shafted. I would like to see all Canadians get statutory holidays instead of just the government bums. And why is BC separate from the rest of Canada when it comes to Family Day? I have no idea why we get it a week beforehand when it's the same holiday; it really messed with individuals in the business sector as they still have to work on that holiday in BC as the rest of the country is open for trading during that day.

Posted by Ray McLaughlin:

It has been talked about for a while now that there would be a stat holiday every month. I believe that there should be. I also believe that Boxing day should be a stat holiday in every province of Canada. I know when I was growing up and in my 20's & 30's Boxing day was always a holiday.

Posted by Natalie:

You are saying that Canada Day is Monday, July 2nd, but on 2018 Canadian holiday calendar is still saying July 1st???

Posted by Jenny:

Isn't Civic holiday a holiday in all provinces except for Quebec, Newfoundland and Labrador, Ontario and Yukon?

Posted by Annonymous:

Canada Day is actually Monday, July 2, 2018 since July 1, 2018 falls on a Sunday

Posted by Lexi:

No stat in april or in june, how upsetting for me every year. I think boxing day should be a stat everywhere ;) I guess I will have to make my own days off in april and june.

Posted by susan:

2018 is going to be a great year the Olympics are back

Posted by anonymous:

2018 has a new holiday in New Brunswick, Family Day, which I don't see denoted here.

Posted by Annette:

The winter Olympics is in 2018!

Posted by Anon:

Manitoba has renamed the civic holiday to Terry Fox day since 2015.

Posted by Adrian Ward:

2018 is boring. No Olympics, no special celebrations like last year's 150, no solar eclipse, no election, no free national Park entry, no leap year, seems boring and plain.

Anonymous:

Between New Years and Easter there is only family day. I always feel burnt out that time of the year but don't want to use vacation days because it's too cold and not much to do.

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