A provincial statutory holiday observed on the third Monday in February in most provinces.
Family Day is celebrated on the second Monday in February in British Columbia.
A modern holiday that is growing in popularity across Canada. Its timing is said to have be selected to coincide with the American holiday of Presidents Day.
The day may have different names in the Provinces in which it is observed:
|Province||Name||2016 date||2017 Date||2018 Date|
|Alberta||Family Day||15 February||20 February||19 February|
|British Columbia||Family Day||8 February||13 February||12 February|
|Manitoba||Louis Riel Day||15 February||20 February||19 February|
|Nova Scotia||Nova Scotia Heritage Day||15 February||20 February||19 February|
|Ontario||Family Day||15 February||20 February||19 February|
|Prince Edward Island||Islander Day||15 February||20 February||19 February|
|Saskatchewan||Family Day||15 February||20 February||19 February|
As the holiday is a provincial holiday, federal employees may not have the day off. The post will be operating and banks and restaurants are allowed to open. Some businesses may stay closed as opening on a holiday means they have to pay employees extra to work on a holiday.
Observed in the Canadian provinces of Alberta, Ontario and Saskatchewan. This holiday celebrates the importance of families and family life to people and their communities.
In Ontario, Family Day isn’t recognised as a holiday by the federal government, therefore federal civil servants do not have the day off.
British Columbia has celebrated Family Day since 2013. Premier Christy Clark proposed the statutory holiday in 2011, and the date of the second Monday in February was chosen through an online poll arranged by the provincial government.
Legislation proclaiming the third Monday in February as Louis Riel Day was passed by Manitoba's Legislative Assembly in 2007, and first celebrated on February 18, 2008. Louis Riel Day is a name that was suggested by Manitoba school students, in honour of Louis Riel, the Métis leader regarded as the Father of Manitoba.
Introduced in 2015, each year this holiday will honour a different person or event, chosen by Nova Scotian school children. The first subject is Viola Desmond. Other days will recognize Mi'kmaq heritage (2017), Africville, Joseph Howe, Edward Francis Arab, Nora Bernard, Carrie Best, J. Willie Comeau, Grand-Pré National Historic Site, William Hall, Rita Joe, Maud Lewis, and Mona Louise Parsons.
Introduced in 2009, this holiday was held on the second Monday of February in 2009, it was switched to the third Monday of February since 2010 after complaints from traders that it placed Prince Edward Island out of sync with the other provincial holidays on that date and also with Presidents day in the USA.
The third Monday in February is a regular working day in British Columbia, Quebec, New Brunswick and the territories.