Family Day 2020 in Canada

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

In 2020 Family Day is February 17.

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 Healthcare Grunt:

To those that use the "I pay your salary because I pay taxes" argument. I pay taxes too, so guess what, I pay my salary too! Can you say that - not likely because your boss/corporation/what-have-you pays your salary. So, the public sector assists to pay their own salary! What a concept. I absolutely agree that some public sector positions (can you say politician or upper upper management) are far overpaid, but please don't take that out on us little folk who are just working best we can to pay our bills, just like you.

Posted by NotBIGWIG:

Why are people so bitter about one day. If family isnt a good enough reason to have a day put aside So people can spend time with. I guess we should find a better reason to be off that day. Im dying to find out how the hell presidents day in the US influenced us to declare family day. Or how any BIGWIG can talk business or continue to work when the whole is on holiday. I get it. Bigwigs wanna work more and take on the general labourers jobs for fun. And talk about.

Posted by Rick Lizotte:

I certainly agree with having Remembrance Day as a full Federal statutory holiday. We are what we are today for the sacrifices others paid with their lives. As far as Family Day is concerned, it too aught to be a Federal holiday. The downfall of our society is the downfall of the family institution and anything that would encourage family time would be profitable.

Posted by Mike:

You know why private sector people complain, because private sector pays taxes that are then used to pay public servants. Are all servants serve the public WELL thus using private sector taxes efficiently?

Posted by Jamie:

Family Day is an extremely important holiday, giving a much-needed break between the long cold span between New Year's Day and Good Friday. February is typically an extremely depressing time of year, so it's good for the mental health of all who are fortunate enough to get this break! It's a great time to spend with family and enjoy winter versus fighting to get through winter weather to get your to-do list done. For those who say they would rather have Nov. 11 off, I feel that is misguided because most people would skip observing a Remembrance Day Ceremony if not at their school or place of business where ceremonies take place. Voluntarily going to service would not be a popular option if given a day off. Most would sit on their couch or do something else with their time off.

Posted by NB:

To Chas Niven and others complaining about Remembrance Day not being a holiday: The Royal Canadian Legion and other veterans' groups requested that Remembrance Day not be a holiday, so that children could stay in school and learn about Remembrance Day instead of simply having a day off. Their fear is that making it a holiday will just make it another day off to go hunting/fishing/etc. and people won't actually attend a service. So just show your respect and observe a silence at work or school, or ask for time off to attend a service for the hour or two it takes. You don't need a whole day to pay your respects.

Posted by Penny-Marie Wright:

The reason Canada Post works the day in February in Alberta is because they got to vote on it & chose to work it & keep the day in August as a holiday. The rest of the Alberta Federal Government had no choice but had to lose the day in August & take February because the Feds. decided it was a stat provincial day for Alberta. I think the feds. decided afterwards to go with Feb. as a work day in Feb. & get the Fed. stat holiday back in August. I hate winter so hated the day off then. Also it's called a FAMILY DAY but most people don't spend it together as a family, just check out the malls.

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