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.

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Recent comments
Posted by Paige:

When did Canada first celebrate Boxing Day?

Posted by Dave:

Mike , Dave’s comment was for you.

Posted by Leo:

Feds should not get boxing day paid stat they don't do anything anyways

Posted by mike:

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

Posted by Zeke:

@Dan 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%!

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