Each province has its
own holidays. The following are as many as I have been able to
collect so far:-
The same as the federal
holidays plus Alberta Family Day on the 3rd Monday in February
and an optional civic holiday on the 1st Monday in August.
An events list is to
be found at GoAlberta.
The Government of British
Columbia lists all the Canadian public holidays given above as
statutory holidays except Easter Monday. They add British Columbia
Day which is the 1st Monday in August, co-inciding with the general
date for provincial and civic holidays. Remebrance Day (11 November)
is a statutory holiday for all.
Holidays are as for
the Federal government above.
Two different lists
of events are published on the Manitoba Government site, one
mainly general events and one more to do with festivals.
The Government of New
Brunswick lists New Year's Day, Good Friday, Canada
Day, New Brunswick Day (the 1st Monday in August, co-inciding
with the general date for provincial and civic holidays), Labour
Day and Christmas Day as paid holidays.
An events list (using
advanced frames) is to be found at the New Brunswick Department of Tourism.
Newfoundland and Labrador
The Provincial holiday
is Cabot 500 Day (Discovery Day) on June 24.
In St John's and Harbour
Grace, the Regatta Days are also holidays. St. John's falls on
the first Wednesday in August, weather permitting, but the Harbour
Grace regatta date is unknown.
The Government of Nunavutthe
Northwest Territories Labour Standards Acts and Amendments list
- Victoria Day is not
- A Civic Holiday is
granted on the 1st Monday in August.
- A day is to be fixed
by the Governor for observance of the birthday of the reigning
sovereign. This was Friday 9 July in 1999 and, since the usual
date is the 2nd Saturday in July, it is presumed, though
withouth official confirmation so far, that the date will be
the Friday before the 2nd Saturday in June.
- Remebrance Day (11
November) is a general holiday (i.e. for all, not just government
The Government of Nunavut
lists exactly the same laws as those of the Northwest Territories.
The Government of Nova
Scotia lists the same official holidays as the Canadian Government
except the Provincial holiday and adds
Christmas Eve (1/2 Day)
They do not list a
provincial holiday but state that "an additional holiday
will be taken on a day that, in the opinion of the Department
of Human Resources is recognized as a Provincial or Civil Holiday
in an area in which the employee is employed (for example, in
Halifax and Dartmouth, Halifax and Dartmouth Natal Day). If there
is no such recognized holiday in the area, the holiday will be
taken on the first Monday in August". Both the Halifax and
Dartmouth Natal Days fall on the 1st Monday in August.
Virtual Nova Scotia
on the Nova Scotia Government site offers lists of events and festivals.
are as the Federal ones.
There are civic holidays
on the 1st Monday in August and on 11 November.
Prince Edward Island
are as the Federal ones. The 1st Monday in August is not an official
holiday but is often given by employers/
In Charlottetown and
east, government employees and a scattered few in the private
sector get a holiday on Gold Cup and Saucer parade day instead
of the 1st Monday in August. (August 15 in 1997) -- Gold Cup
and Saucer is a major harness race held in the capital each year
In the Summerside area
government employees, and again a few within the private sector,
get a holiday on Lobster Carnival parade day, the date for which
in '97 hasn't been determined yet.
West of Summerside
the August holiday falls on the first Monday of August, i.e.
the normal Civic holiday.
The only exceptions
to these last three would be those working within selected unions
in the health agency.
This information was sent by Howard Carr of the Prince
Edward Island economic development and tourism department.
An events list is to
be found at the Prince Edward Island Government's Information
The government of Quebec
lists the same official holidays as the Canadian Government and
adds the second day of the New Year (January 2) and Boxing Day
(26 December). The provincial holiday however, is not in August
Quebec National Day or
St Jean Baptiste Day
An events list is to
be found at the Government site.
Saskatchewan day is
the 1st Monday in August, in line with the Civic holiday.
In addition to Federal
holidays, there are Provincial holidays (replacing the 1st Monday
in August) on
Friday before the last
Sunday in February
Monday nearest 17 August
There is a calendar
of events at InfoMine.
Observances in Canada