Statutory Holidays in Ontario in 2018 and 2019
The following holidays are observed in addition to the national holidays in Canada: Family Day, Victoria Day, Civic Holiday, Thanksgiving and Boxing Day.
Remembrance Day is not a statutory holiday in Ontario, making it the most controversial non-stat holiday in the province. Many people think that is should be a statutory holiday all across Canada.
Civic Holiday on the first Monday of August is an optional holiday - provincially regulated employers are not required by law to give this day off. Most retail stores are open on the civic holiday across the province.
Holiday tip: If you live in or near Toronto be sure to visit High Park - it's a truly beautiful park in the heart of Toronto, especially near the beginning of May when blossoming cherry trees attract large crowds. Another great place to visit is the Toronto Islands, a popular long weekend and holiday destination for many families.
Ontario is the only province where Boxing Day is a provincial statutory holiday.
In Ontario retail stores aren't permitted to be open on Easter Sunday. Certain exceptions apply but for the most part retail stores will be closed.
Below is a list of holidays in Ontario and dates when they are observed in 2018 and 2019.
|New Year's Day
|Mon, January 1||Tue, January 1|
|Ontario Family Day
Third Monday in February
|Mon, February 19||Mon, February 18|
Friday before Easter Sunday
|Fri, March 30||Fri, April 19|
|Easter Monday *
Government employees only
|Mon, April 2||Mon, April 22|
Monday before May 25
|Mon, May 21||Mon, May 20|
|Sun, July 1||Mon, July 1|
First Monday in August
|Mon, August 6||Mon, August 5|
First Monday in September
|Mon, September 3||Mon, September 2|
Second Monday in October
|Mon, October 8||Mon, October 14|
|Sun, November 11||Mon, November 11|
|Tue, December 25||Wed, December 25|
|Boxing Day *
|Wed, December 26||Thu, December 26|
* Only federal employers are required to give the day off.