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.

Holiday 2018 2019
New Year's Day
January 1
Mon, January 1 Tue, January 1
Ontario Family Day
Third Monday in February
Mon, February 19 Mon, February 18
Good Friday
Friday before Easter Sunday
Fri, March 30 Fri, April 19
Easter Monday *
Government employees only
Mon, April 2 Mon, April 22
Victoria Day
Monday before May 25
Mon, May 21 Mon, May 20
Canada Day
July 1
Sun, July 1 Mon, July 1
Civic Holiday
First Monday in August
Mon, August 6 Mon, August 5
Labour Day
First Monday in September
Mon, September 3 Mon, September 2
Thanksgiving
Second Monday in October
Mon, October 8 Mon, October 14
Remembrance Day
November 11
Sun, November 11 Mon, November 11
Christmas Day
December 25
Tue, December 25 Wed, December 25
Boxing Day *
December 26
Wed, December 26 Thu, December 26

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

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