Statutory Holidays in Ontario in 2019 and 2020

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 2019 and 2020.

Holiday 2019 2020
New Year's Day
January 1
Tue, January 1 Wed, January 1
Ontario Family Day
Third Monday in February
Mon, February 18 Mon, February 17
Good Friday
Friday before Easter Sunday
Fri, April, 19 Fri, April 10
Easter Monday *
Government employees only
Mon, April 22 Mon, April 13
Victoria Day
Monday before May 25
Mon, May 20 Mon, May 18
Canada Day
July 1
Mon, July 1 Wed, July 1
Civic Holiday
First Monday in August
Mon, August 5 Mon, August 3
Labour Day
First Monday in September
Mon, September 2 Mon, September 7
Second Monday in October
Mon, October 14 Mon, October 12
Remembrance Day
November 11
Mon, November 11 Wed, November 11
Christmas Day
December 25
Wed December 25 Fri, December 25
Boxing Day *
December 26
Thu, December 26 Sat, December 26

* Only federal employers are required to give the day off.

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