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Remembrance Day in Canada 2017

Regional statutory holiday in Canada

Remembrance Day is observed in Canada on 11 November

When is Remembrance Day in Canada?

How long until Remembrance Day ?
This holiday next takes place in 18 Days.
Dates of Remembrance Day
Year Weekday Date
2019 Monday November 11th
2018 Sunday November 11th
2017 Saturday November 11th
2016 Friday November 11th
2015 Wednesday November 11th
Duration
1 Day
Regions
Alberta, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan, Yukon
Summary
Observed on November 11 to recall the end of World War I on that date in 1918 and honor the veterans of both World Wars.

Remembrance Day is commemorated on the 11 November each year, and marks the end of World War I in 1918. It may also be commonly known as Armistice Day.

The intention of the day is to remember the fallen on both sides in the 'Great war'.

In Canada, Remembrance Day is a public holiday and federal statutory holiday, as well as a statutory holiday in all three territories and in six of the ten provinces.

When did Remembrance Day become a stat holiday?

From 1921 to 1930, Armistice Day was held on the Monday of the week in which 11 November fell and Thanksgiving was held on the same day. In 1931 an act was adopted that said the day should be called Remembrance Day and be observed on 11 November.

Why Remembrance Day is important

11 November marks the signing of the armistice (peace agreement)  between the Allies and Germany at Compiègne, France.

The armistice took effect at eleven o'clock in the morning - the "eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month."

However, while this date is used to reflect the end of the whole war, it technically relates to the cease fire on the Western Front; fighting continued after 11 November in parts of the Ottoman Empire.

After the 'end' of the war in 1918, it didn't take long before the signing of the armistice was adopted as a suitable time and date for countries involved in the war to mark the sacrifice of their soldiers, with official remembrance services taking place in the UK and USA in 1919.

How Remembrance Day in Canada is observed in 2017

In 2017, Remembrance Day falls on a Saturday. The provinces and territories that observe Remembrance Day treat how it is observed in different ways. Our table below shows the information that we have gathered on each province and territory.

Province/Territory 2017 Observation Comments

Alberta

Govt. Monday, November 13, 2017

If you normally have Saturday off and do not work on Remembrance Day, then you are not entitled to general holiday pay and are not entitled to an extra day off. However, you may receive general holiday pay or an extra day off if it is a part of your employment contract or a part of a union agreement. Please check with your employer.

British Columbia

No day in lieu

When an employee is given a day off on a statutory holiday, or it falls on a regular day off, an eligible employee is entitled to be paid an average day’s pay.

Manitoba

No day in lieu

Remembrance Day is not a General Holiday under Manitoba labour legislation, however most industries in Manitoba are not allowed to operate that day, with some specified exceptions. Factsheet on Remembrance Day in Manitoba from govt. website.

New Brunswick

No day in lieu

When the holiday falls on a non-working day or during an employee’s vacation, the employee who qualifies must receive another working day off with pay in lieu of the holiday, or if the employee agrees, a regular day’s pay for that day

Newfoundland and Labrador

Govt. Monday, November 13, 2017

When the paid public holiday falls on an employee’s scheduled day off, the employee should be given off  either the first working day after the public holiday or an alternate day off agreed to mutually by the employer and employee. This day will be paid day for the employee.

Nova Scotia Generally no day in lieu

Employees who work on November 11 may be entitled to another day off with pay. This benefit does not apply to all employees as some businesses are exempt from the Act. Employees who do not work on November 11 do not get paid for the day unless the employer offers pay as an added benefit. More detail is available on the Nova Scotia Government portal.

Ontario No day in lieu While some employers give their employees a holiday on Remembrance Day, the employer is not required to do so under the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA).

Prince Edward Island

Monday, November 13, 2017

 

Quebec No day in lieu  

 Saskatchewan

Govt. Monday, November 13, 2017

As per Section 29 of The Employment Standards Regulations, if your establishment is normally open on a Sunday, Remembrance Day is observed on Sunday, November 11th. If your establishment is normally closed on Sunday, Remembrance Day is observed on Monday, November 12th.

 Northwest Territories

No day in lieu

 

 Nunavut

No day in lieu

 

 Yukon

Monday, November 13, 2017

Section 29(2) of the Employment Standards Act,

If a general holiday falls on a day that is a non-working day for an employee, the employee is entitled to and shall be granted a holiday with pay on the working day immediately following the general holiday. R.S., c.54, s.28.

 

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