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Victoria Day

National and public holidays in Canada Statutory Holiday in Canada

Queen Victoria

When is Victoria Day in Canada?

How long until Victoria Day ?
This holiday next takes place in 179 Days.
Dates of Victoria Day
Year Weekday Date
2019 Monday May 20th
2018 Monday May 21st
2017 Monday May 22nd
2016 Monday May 23rd
2015 Monday May 18th
2014 Monday May 19th
Duration
1 Day
Summary
Victoria Day celebrates the birthday of Queen Victoria. Following the death of Victoria, 24 May was decreed as Empire Day across the British Empire

Victoria Day is a federal Canadian statutory holiday observed on the Monday before 25 May each year.

Victoria Day celebrates the birthday of Queen Victoria (1837-1901). Following the death of Queen Victoria, 24 May was decreed as Empire Day across the British Empire. Today, Canada is the only country who still has a holiday on the day.

History of Victoria Day in Canada

Queen Victoria (24 May 1819 – 22 January 1901) was the ruler of the United Kingdom and the British Empire from 20 June 1837 until her death in 1901. Victoria reigned for 63 years and seven months, a record for a British monarch that was only beaten in September 2015 by Queen Elizabeth II.

For many Canadians, Victoria Day marks the unofficial beginning of summer, with many people opening their summer cabins.

In Quebec, National Patriots' Day (Journée nationale des patriotes) which is a commemoration of the Lower Canada Rebellion of 1837 is celebrated on the same day as Victoria Day.

While Victoria Day is a holiday for all federal employees across Canada, it is not a paid statutory holiday in New Brunswick under the Days of Rest Act. Nova Scotia is the only province or territory not to designate the day a holiday.

The status of Victoria Day by Canadian province/territory

Province/Territory Status Comments
Alberta Provincial Statutory Holiday All government offices will be closed.
British Columbia Provincial Statutory Holiday All government offices will be closed.
Manitoba Provincial Statutory Holiday All government offices will be closed.
New Brunswick Day of Rest Not a paid holiday. All government offices will be closed.
Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Statutory Holiday All government offices will be closed.
Nova Scotia Not a Statutory Holiday An employer may agree to give Victoria Day as a paid holiday. Not a designated retail closing day.
Ontario Provincial Statutory Holiday All government offices will be closed.
Prince Edward Island Optional Statutory Holiday All government offices will be closed.
Quebec Provincial Statutory Holiday Celebrated as National Patriots' Day
Saskatchewan Provincial Statutory Holiday All government offices will be closed.
Northwest Territories Territorial Statutory Holiday All government offices will be closed.
Nunavut Territorial Statutory Holiday All government offices will be closed.
Yukon Territorial Statutory Holiday All government offices will be closed.

The holiday is called 'May Two-Four' in some parts of Canada, a name that refers both to the date around which the holiday falls (24 May) and Canadian slang for a case of twenty-four beers (a "two-four"), a drink popular during the long weekend.

As it always falls on a Monday, leading to a long weekend, it may also be known as 'May Long' or 'May Run'.

On Victoria Day, all city, state, and government offices are closed. Schools, post offices, banks, and libraries are also closed. Public transport will run on a reduced holiday schedule.

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