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Canada bank holidays, national holidays and public holidays for the second half of 2017, from the Q++ Worldwide Public Holidays Database, the professional source of international public holidays long trusted by the world's foremost diary publishers.

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Canada Public Holidays in 2017 Observance*
Jan.    Sun New Year's Day
        Mon Bank Holiday (QC) Reg+Bnk
Feb.    Mon Family Day (BC) Regional
        Mon Family Day (AB ON SK) Regional
        Mon Islander Day (PE) Regional
        Mon Louis Riel Day (MB) Regional
        Mon Heritage Day (NS) (Honouring Mi'kmaq Heritage) Regional
Apr.    Fri Good Friday (optional in QC)
        Mon Easter Monday (AB QC) (optional) Regional
May     Mon Victoria Day (not statutory in NB NL NS PE)
June    Wed National Aboriginal Day (NT YT) Regional
        Sat Saint Jean Baptiste (QC) Regional
        Mon Discovery Day (NL) (optional) Reg+Gov
July  1 Sat Canada Day
      9 Sun Nunavut Day (NU) Regional
Aug.  7 Mon Civic Holiday (widely observed but statutory only in BC NB NU NT SK)
     21 Mon Discovery Day (YT) Regional
Sep.  4 Mon Labour Day
Oct.  9 Mon Thanksgiving Day
Nov. 11 Sat Remembrance Day (not statutory in MB NS ON QC)
Dec. 25 Mon Christmas Day
     26 Tue Boxing Day (statutory only in NB ON) Regional
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Recent News and Updates (public news feed delayed by 30 days)

09 May 2017 Canada Votes June 21 Public Holiday Extension (The Government of Yukon-Whitehorse) The Community Services Minister of Canada's Yukon Territory, John Streicker, has announced that the territorial government had made good on its promise to add a new annual non-working public holiday, National Aboriginal Day on November 21, to "recognize the contributions of Yukon's indigenous peoples".  26 Apr 2017 Canada NB Family Day Public Holiday Announced (Province of New Brunswick-Moncton) The Premier of the Canadian Province of New Brunswick, Brian Gallant, has announced that, beginning in 2018, New Brunswick will observe Family Day as a new annual non-working public holiday in New Brunswick ion the third Monday in February.  14 Feb 2017 Canada BC Family Day Public Holidays Update (The Government of the Province of British Columbia-Victoria) The petition launched in 2015 to request that the Government of Canada's Province of British Columbia change the date of the annual Family Day non-working public holiday has now reached 20000 signatures.  13 Jan 2017 Canada NB Family Day Public Holiday Update (Province of New Brunswick-Moncton) It would seem that the plans to declare a new annual "Family Day" non-working public holiday in the Canadian Province of New Brunswick, beginning in 2017, announced by the Minister of Social Development of Canada's Province of New Brunswick, Cathy Rogers, have been shelved, at the very least, for the calendar year 2017.  03 Oct 2016 Canada New November 11 Public Holiday Bill (The House of Commons of Canada-Ottawa) The Canadian House of Commons bill C-311, An Act to amend the Holidays Act (Remembrance Day), yet another bill aiming to extend the observance of the regional, November 11, Remembrance Day, non-working public holiday of Canada, this time by making it a nationwide non-working public holiday in Canada ("is a legal holiday and shall be kept and observed as such throughout Canada") and by specifying a day in lieu when November 11 falls on a weekend ("When November 11 is a Saturday or a Sunday, the following Monday is a legal holiday and shall be kept and observed as such"), got its first reading last Friday.  14 Feb 2016 Canada Mulls NB Family Day Public Holiday (Province of New Brunswick-Moncton) The Minister of Social Development of Canada's Province of New Brunswick, Cathy Rogers, has announced that her government was preparing a bill to declare a new annual "Family Day" non-working public holiday in the Canadian Province of New Brunswick, possibly beginning in 2017.  11 Dec 2015 Canada Mulls June 21 Public Holiday Extension (The Government of Yukon-Whitehorse) The Legislative Assembly of Canada's Yukon Territory has unanimously voted to add a new annual non-working public holiday, National Aboriginal Day on November 21, to "recognize the contributions of Yukon's indigenous peoples, and support efforts at reconciliation and understanding between aboriginal and non-aboriginal people".  11 Nov 2015 Canadan November 11 Public Holiday Extension Ruled-Out (Ministère du Travail, de l'Emploi et de la Solidarité Sociale du Québec-Quebec City) The ruling Couillard administration of the Canadian Province of Quebec has announced that, after a year of deliberations, it had decided not to declare November 11 (the "jour du Souvenir") as an official statutory non-working public holiday in the Canadian Province of Quebec.  30 May 2015 Canada 2017-2018 BC Public Holidays Announced (The Government of the Province of British Columbia-Victoria) The Government of Canada's Province of British Columbia has updated its official multi-year list of public holidays in British Columbia by announcing the non-working public holidays in BC for the calendar year 2017 and 2018.  04 May 2015 Canada Terry Fox Public Holiday Update (Office of the Premier of the Province of Manitoba-Winipeg) The Selinger government of Canada's Province of Manitoba has gone ahead and, as promised, introduced legislation to rename the annual August non-statutory public holiday, commonly called Civic Holiday, in honor of Terry Fox.  More News Updates For the full version of the summarized news items above, and older news items not displayed above, go to the Canada public holidays news and updates page, or worldwide public holidays news and updates page, or subscribe to one of our free email newsletters.


Background Information

Statutory holidays: three of the holidays listed here, Victoria Day, Civic Holiday, and Remembrance Day, are commonly believed to be observed nationwide, and in some respects they are non-business days, however, legally they are only statutory holidays in few of Canada's provinces.  Banks and the public sector will often close on the Friday before, or the Monday after, a weekend holiday. Some private sector companies may do the same on a case-by-case basis, but this is rare.  Optional Holidays are usually observed by banks and the public sector, but rarely by the private sector (except for Easter-related holidays in Quebec)  Nova Scotia only recognizes 5 holidays officially, but admits to the concept of "days commonly recognized as holidays" and in our listing we have meshed the 2 lists.  New Brunswick has a complex set of rules determining the Christmas and Boxing Day days off, depending on the weekday on which Christmas falls on a given year.  The Canadian Federal Government observes almost all the public holidays that we list, in every province, regardless of provincial rules.  Canada International Codes CA and CAN (2 and 3-letter ISO3166 codes) and .ca (ICANN national top-level internet domain). • Other Sources of Information The following specialized websites are also a good source of Canada information and news: Bank of Canada (Canada central bank), UnitedHealthcare Global (security-related world events: terrorist threats, political strife, strikes, criminal activity, aviation incidents and health outbreaks), CIA World Factbook (Canada maps, demographics and economic statistics), the IFES (information covering upcoming elections, referenda, electoral structures and voter participation in Canada), and Wikipedia (includes Canada commemorative dates that are not necessarily public holidays).


Footnotes
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Observance : Any entry in the Observance column indicates that, in Canada, the holiday may be regional or non-official or limited to certain religious and/or linguistic groups, or begin at a time other than midnight. Note that religious holidays are included only if they are national public holidays, or if the national labour code has specific holiday allowances for employees of specific religions. Aft=Afternoon, Arm=Armenian, Bah=Bahai, Bnk=Banks and most financial institutions, Bud=Buddhist, Cat=Catholic, Chr=Christian, Cop=Coptic, Eve=Evening, Gov=Government services and civil servants, Hin=Hindu, Jew=Jewish, Lin=Linguistic or ethnic groups, Mor=Morning, Mun=Municipal, Mus=Muslim, Orth=Orthodox, Othr=Miscellaneous partial observances (usually described in the Additional Information section of this page), Prt=Protestant, Reg=Regional, Rel=Other Religion, Sch=Schools and universities, Sik=Sikh.


Disclaimer
In many parts of the world, holidays are subject to arbitrary, last minute, changes by local authorities. While every effort has been made to present an accurate list of 2017 bank holidays, legal holidays and public holidays for Canada, we cannot accept any responsibility for any error or omission in the data presented above. You are therefore advised to verify the above dates with the embassy or consulate of Canada, before planning any trip to Canada. For last-minute updates to worldwide public holidays, visit our worldwide public holidays news and updates page or subscribe to our free email newsletters.


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