2021 Canadian Statutory Holidays
On this page you will find general information and details about holidays in Canada for 2021.
Canada Day will be on Thursday so this year you can simply take one day off to make it a four day long weekend!
Remembrance Day will be on a Thursday and we expect, as in previous years, a heated debate in the comments section over the official holiday status of this day.
Christmas in 2021 is a weekend: Christmas day on a Saturday and Boxing Day following on Sunday. Be sure to check with your employer what days you'll have off. See our when Christmas is on a weekend page for more details and discussion.
Although not an official holiday, Halloween is a popular celebration and this year it's on a Sunday so parents don't have to rush home early from work to be on time for trick or treating.
List of Canadian holidays in 2021
|Holiday||Date in 2021||Observance|
|New Year's Day||January 1, Friday||National|
|Islander Day||February 15, Monday||PEI|
|Louis Riel Day||February 15, Monday||MB|
|Heritage Day||February 15, Monday||NS|
|Family Day||February 15, Monday||BC, AB, SK, ON, NB|
|Valentine's Day||February 14, Sunday||Not a stat holiday|
|St. Patrick's Day||March 17, Wednesday||Not a stat holiday|
|Good Friday||April 2, Friday||National except QC|
|Easter Monday||April 5, Monday||QC|
|Mother's Day||May 9, Sunday||Not a stat holiday|
|Victoria Day||May 24, Monday||National except NB, NS, NL|
|Father's Day||June 20, Sunday||Not a stat holiday|
|Aboriginal Day||June 21, Monday||NWT|
|St. Jean Baptiste Day||June 24, Thursday||QC|
|Canada Day||July 1, Thursday||National|
|Civic Holiday||August 2, Monday||AB, BC, SK, ON, NB, NU|
|Labour Day||September 6, Monday||National|
|Thanksgiving||October 11, Monday||National except NB, NS, NL|
|Halloween||October 31, Sunday||Not a holiday|
|Remembrance Day||November 11, Thursday||National except MB, ON, QC, NS|
|Christmas Day||December 25, Saturday||National|
|Boxing Day||December 26, Sunday||ON|
New: proposed holiday to remember residential schools.
2020 is not a leap year.
Most school boards in 2021 will start the shoolyear on September 8, a day after Labour Day.
Daylight saving time in 2021 starts on Sunday, March 8 and ends on Sunday, November 1.
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