Whether they originate from an act of Parliament, religious custom or just social tradition, there are several special days on the Canadian calendar.
A “legal holiday” in Canada (also known as a statutory or “stat” holiday) is a day when Canadian employers are legally required to give all their workers a day off. Although the legal holidays in Canada are rooted in Christianity, note that anyone in Canada, whether you’re a visitor or a resident, can honour the holiday of your choice without discrimination and judgement.
There are five nationwide statutory holidays and six additional holidays for federal employees. Each of the 13 provinces and territories observes a number of holidays in addition to the nationwide days, but each varies in regard to which are legislated as either statutory, optional, or not at all. Currently, the provinces of Alberta and Prince Edward Island have the most legislated holidays in comparison to other provinces and territories, with 12 days off. Here’s a breakdown of the holidays celebrated in Canada: