Boxing Day in Canada

In 2019 Boxing Day is on Thursday, December 26th.

Boxing Day is a day after Christmas Day. It is called "Boxing Day" because - starting in medieval Britain - servants had a day off and would receive a gift box on this day.

I think Boxing Day should be a quiet day spent with family. There are plenty of shopping days in the year to spend your money but your kids grow up too fast.Anonymous visitor comment

There are many other explanations and theories about the origin of this day - which explanation do you favour?

Is Boxing Day a stat holiday?

Our readers often ask and leave comments to find out whether Boxing Day is a statutory holiday. It is a provincial stat holiday in Ontario only - in other provinces and territories it's not a statutory holiday. It is, however, a stat holiday for federally regulated workers and banks across the country.

Retail stores will open early on Boxing Day and you can expect large discounts and large crowds. If you don't like large crowds and parking lot battles then try shopping on the 27th - the majority of stores will still have discounts and a good selection of merchandise to choose from.

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Recent comments
Posted by Jeff Jones:

This is wrong. In New Brunswick there is the Day of Rest Act which means stores are CLOSED on Boxing Day.

Posted by Dave.:

I heard that many decades ago in England, mailmen would deliver a lot of Christmas shopping packages. The day after Christmas, they would go around their route with an empty box. The residents would put gifts for the mailmen in the box as a Christmas reward. Therefore, "boxing" day.

Posted by John:

banks and government agencies take so much from us in terms of interest rates, taxes and service fees yet we get nothing and they get a paid holiday for boxing day. the feds can at least create stats for all of Canada vs rewarding some and punishing others. Fairness is key in a democracy is it not ?

Posted by Deborah:

What do I do on boxing day?...I work for minimal wage & I'm 60.

Posted by Paige:

When did Canada first celebrate Boxing Day?

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