Boxing Day in Canada
In 2018 Boxing Day is on Wednesday, 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.
Share your Boxing Day traditions with us - what do you do on Boxing Day? Do you stay-in? Go shopping? Visit relatives?
Mike , Dave’s comment was for you.
Feds should not get boxing day paid stat they don't do anything anyways
there should only one set of holidays for all if we are canidans& same rate of pay no matter feds or private,if we are a democrasy
In any service industry the highest cost is salaries. It's normal. The percentage of revenue going to salaries at doctor's offices are 46% and daycare services are 51%!
Do you know that over 50% that Ontarian pay in taxes goes towards the salaries of Ontario public workers. If I worked at a company where 50% of revenue goes towards salaries I would not be working.