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Holidays in Canada
|Date||English Name||French Name||Remarks|
|January 1||New Year's Day||jour de l'an||Statutory.|
|(varies)||Good Friday||vendredi saint||Statutory. Typically celebrated in April; see Easter article for details.|
|(varies)||Easter Monday||Pâques||Typically celebrated in April; see Easter article for details.|
|Monday preceding May 25||Victoria Day||fête de la Reine||Statutory. Celebration of the Queen's birthday. In Quebec, Victoria Day and fête des patriotes (Commemoration of the Patriotes Rebellion) are celebrated on the same day.|
|July 1||Canada Day||fête du Canada||Statutory. Commemoration of Canada's 1867 Confederation.|
|First Monday in September||Labour Day||fête du travail||Statutory.|
|Second Monday in October||Thanksgiving||action de grâce||Statutory. Thanksgiving is not celebrated on the same day as it is in the U.S.|
|November 11||Remembrance Day||jour du souvenir||Commemoration of Canada's war dead.|
|December 26||Boxing Day||lendemain de Noël||Statutory. Day when shops sell off excess Christmas inventory.|
Note: Each province also has its own provincial holiday or holidays. The include St. Jean Baptiste Day in Quebec, Natal Day in PEI and Nova Scotia. British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario have civic holidays on the first Monday in August. In British Columbia it is called B.C. Day, while in Ontario, it is named differently in each city. In Toronto it is Simcoe Day while in Ottawa it is Colonel By Day, for instance. (See Canadian Heritage.) Alberta celebrates Family Day on the third Monday of February.
In recent years there has been a call for the Canadian government to recognize St. Patrick's Day as a national holiday. This proposal has been promoted by the Guinness corporation. The other leading candidate is a weekend in February to celebrate the anniversary of the Canadian flag, or more likely a general "Heritage Day". February 15 is already designated as National Flag of Canada Day, but this is simply a day of commemoration, not a statutory holiday.
The major Canadian breweries have long lobbied for a holiday in June.
Most Canadians believe that the country does not have enough holidays (in comparison to the United States, and the United Kingdom, and although these nations have about the same number of nationally recognized holidays, they generally receive more days off of work/school). These proposals are strongly opposed by business owners, however.
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