Statutory Holidays in Ontario in 2017 and 2018
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 observedin 2017 and 2018.
|New Year's Day
|Sun, January 1||Mon, January 1|
Third Monday in February
|Mon, February 20||Mon, February 19|
Friday before Easter Sunday
|Fri, April 14||Fri, March 30|
|Easter Monday *
Government employees only
|Mon, April 17||Mon, April 2|
Monday before May 25
|Mon, May 22||Mon, May 21|
|Sat, July 1||Sun, July 1|
First Monday in August
* not an official stat holiday.
|Mon, August 7||Mon, August 6|
First Monday in September
|Mon, September 4||Mon, September 3|
Second Monday in October
|Mon, October 9||Mon, October 8|
|Mon, December 25||Tue, December 25|
|Tue, December 26||Wed, December 26|
* Only federal employers are required to give the day off.