Family Day 2019 in Canada

Family Day is celebrated on the 3rd Monday of February.

In 2019 Family Day is February 18.

Family Day is not a national statutory holiday, it is only observed in New Brunswick, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan and in British Columbia. Two other provinces have holidays in February: In PEI Islander Day is celebrated on the 3rd Monday in February and in Manitoba the 3rd Monday in February is the Louis Riel Day holiday.

Since this is not a federally established holiday all federal workers work on Family day including post office employees and public servants. (It's interesting how public servants don't complain about this in the comments area the same way private sector workers complain about having to work on Easter Monday when public servants have the day off.)

Family Day was originally created to give people time to spend with their families but it also provides a day off between New Years Day and Good Friday as they are approximately three months apart.

As mentioned above, unfortunately, not everyone gets Family Day off, which makes it a debatable holiday in many provinces. Why can't the whole country simple agree on 9 or 10 common statutory holidays remains a mystery and a good indicator of just how overcomplicated our laws are.

Common Family Day activities include skating, playing hockey, snowboarding/skiing and going to various winter festivals. But the best thing about Family Day must be beaver tails and stuffing ourselves silly with pancakes with maple syrup!

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Posted by Kuing:

Better yet how come everyone doesn't just agree to a minimum of at least 1 monthly stat, with 2 or more as appropriate.

Posted by Al B:

Unfortunately Labour Day has lost its meaning. But then you get the information from the media which is paid for by the very people who really don't want labour to know the meaning of the day and the suffering that brought it about. Why would large corporations pay for commercials on the media for a show that made them look bad?

Posted by MaryJane:

Family day would be nice in the summer months. Why don’t we have a long weekend in June , we have long weekends in April, May, July, August, September and October nothing in June

Posted by Joe Bannister:

I am a Chef, I only get December 25th off, Must be nice to get holidays. Quit whining.

Posted by Michael:

Not sure why someone would be complaining about a Holiday to spend time with there family? Canada has one of the lowest holiday/paid days off in the world. To think you find spending an evening with your family is already too much , tells us exactly what type of mentality you have, all work and no play which I sure makes for your dull family. Try being positive, I think its a great holiday that should be paid for everyone.

Posted by Chas Niven:

If Ontario is unwilling to honour Remembrance Day in addition to the Family Day I would rather have November 11th off each year to attend memorial services instead of just a minutes silence. How disrespectful it is to our war dead for Ontario to ignore the sacrifices of so many in all the wars Canada participated in but are willing to honour a queen that has been dead for 117 years. As far as federal workers not getting Family Day they do get Remembrance Day and Easter Monday. They also will get (and this is ironic) a holiday for them screwing up the residential school system.

Posted by Richard G.:

“Family Day” is merely some BS holiday designed to coincide with the USA’s Presidents’ Day... makes it easier for the bigwigs to conduct business among themselves. Wouldn’t want the Canadian subsidiaries to be open while their US counterparts are open, and vice versa.

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