Canada Day 2018

In 2018 Canada Day is Monday, July 2.

Canada day in 2018 is on July 2 because July 1 falls on a Sunday so the statutory holiday is moved to Monday. This is more straightforward than last year, when Canada day was on a Saturday, as businesses must give Monday off as a day off. But what about people who normally work on Sundays? What if you don't normally work on Mondays? Let us know in the comment section below how it works at your workplace.

Canada Day celebrates the birthday of Canada. 150 years ago, On July 1, 1867 Canada became a new federation with its own constitution by signing the Constitution Act - formerly known as the British North America Act.

Canada Day is a national statutory holiday celebrated in all provinces and territories and it is a day off for most businesses. There is, of course, a lot more to Canada Day but the purpose of this page is only to give you a date and a brief history.

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Posted by Denise:

Being a part time worker in an "essential services" industry and working weekends I look forward to days where a stat falls on my work day for that little bit more income. July 1, Dec 25 are particular stats that keep to the number on the calendar. What is the big deal paying that little bit more to workers who give up those days of being with their families?

Posted by TJH:

Canada day will ALWAYS be celebrated on July 1.......This is not saying that it is being celebrated on July 2......the only thing it is saying is that since people who work on a Mon - Fri basis (which I believe is a majority)get July 2 off as their statutory holiday in lieu of July 1 which is a Sunday. For those who work on a different schedule, that workplace will decide when they will give their employees a day off in lieu or pay the appropriate overtime rates. Same for Christmas, it is ALWAYS celebrated on Dec 25, but if it falls on a weekend, the statutory holiday will be given on a weekday, usually the Monday following.

Posted by Ryan:

Retail will have to work on the Sunday which will be the actual day for celebration.....and then be off on Monday when nothing is going on....its sad!

Posted by Kim:

What about the people that usually work on Saturday?

Posted by Tracy Medeiros:

I take my children to Canada Day festivities every year to teach them about our history and culture and to instill in them a sense of national pride, and I am outraged that it was deemed acceptable to change the date of a holiday that is observed on the recurring anniversary of Canadian Confederation. July 1st. Are we going to move Christmas the next time it lands on a Sunday... to avoid confusion? It has caused considerable confusion in my workplace which is open 7 days a week. Also, my vacation for that weekend will have to be cancelled at my expense as I didn't save the vacation time to book it off. Very poor decision.

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