Canada regulates its public holidays, also known as “statutory holidays” or “stat holidays”, at the national, provincial, and territorial levels. Each province and territory in Canada has its own public holidays as an addition to the national ones.
During statutory holidays, most public and private workers are granted days off with regular pay. Those working on these statutory holidays must be paid at premium rates of about 1 1/2 (time and a half) or twice (double time) the regular pay.
The majority of Christian holidays are taken as public holidays in Canada. Yet, other religious holidays including Jewish, Muslim, and Eastern Orthodox holidays are widely accepted in Canada so that students and employees get days off on these days.
2013 Canada Statutory Holidays
Below is the list of Canada statutory holidays for the year of 2013. Please note that this is not an official Canada 2013 statutory holiday but an estimation. Therefore, we do not and cannot guarantee the accuracy of this Canada 2013 holidays calendar.
New Year’s Day New Year celebrates the first day of the year based on Gregorian (Western) calendar.
Tuesday, 1 January 2013
Good Friday Good Friday – Friday before Easter Sunday.
Friday, 29 March 2013
The day after Easter Sunday.
Monday, 1 April 2013
*Schools and government offices closed, some businesses and banks open
Birthday of Queen Victoria.
Celebrated on Monday preceding May 25
Monday, 20 May 2013
Canada Day Canada Day commemorates the establishment of dominion status and Canada’s 1867 Confederation.
Monday, 1 July 2013
Labour Day Labour Day celebrates the workers’ achievement in terms of economic and social. 1st Monday in September
Monday, 2 September 2013
Thanksgiving Day Thanksgiving Day celebrates the end of the harvest season.
*not a statutory holiday in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island 2nd Monday in October
Monday, 14 October 2013
Remembrance Day Remembrance Day celebrates the anniversary of armistice ending of World War I in 1918.
*not a statutory holiday in Ontario and Manitoba
Monday, 11 November 2013
Christmas Day Christmas is a Christian festival to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.
Wednesday, 25 December 2013
Boxing Day Boxing Day is observed on the day after Christmas.
Thursday, 26 December 2013
Canadians traditionally observe Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Mother’s Day, and Father’s Day even though they are not normally taken off work.