2018 Statutory Holidays in Canada

The next holiday is Thanksgiving Day (except NB, NS, PE, NL) in 23 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.

Read about the new proposed holiday to remember residential schools.

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 stat holiday
Aboriginal Day June 21, Thursday NWT
St. Jean Baptiste Day June 24, Sunday QC
Canada Day July 2, Monday 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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Recent comments
Posted by Elisha:

Mothers and Fathers day should be closed to closely be in touch with each other and spend time with each other

Posted by Chris:

Diwali Should be a public holiday. It is celebrated beautifully with good reason

Posted by Denise:

Boxing Day is observed nationally, not just Ontario.

Posted by Margaret J Borden:

I firmly believe that November 11th should be a national holiday in respect of ALL war veterans who have lost their lives, not only from the first world war, but also from other wars that followed. People need that reminder to keep them cognitive that war at any time is haneous.

Posted by rob:

here in N.L Thanksgiving is a holiday! most if not all businesses are closed !

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