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 Lynda Larsen-Baldry:

Canada Day is July 1st and therefore should be observed on that day as that is the day that all celebrations take place

Posted by Tom:

In the USA, legal holidays which fall on Saturdays in a given year will typically be observed on the Friday before. Thus, using that rule, Canada Day would have been observed on June 30, 2017.

Posted by Louise Whetter:

Last year (2017) was perfect. Canada Day was on a Saturday, and that was the holiday. Retail workers, for example, got the day off or were compensated with extra pay, depending on the provincial rules. 2018, however, is another story. Canada Day IS OFFICIALLY ON JULY 2ND, due to the Federal Holidays Act. Provinces are forced to observe this legislation. So workers will be paid at regular rates on July 1st this year, and then be forced to take a holiday on Monday, July 2nd!

Posted by Craig:

This is totally wrong and the Holiday should be on the day that it falls on.

Posted by Jessa:

Is it true that the employer does NOT have to provide a stat holiday if it falls on a weekend? This year, 2017, July 1 was Saturday, so we did not get a day off. Now the same thing is happening with Remembrance Day, which is a designated stat here in Alberta! Is this legal that we do not get a day off in lieu of the stat being on a weekend!?!?

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