Remembrance Day in Canada 2019

Regional statutory holiday in Canada

Remembrance Day is observed in Canada on 11 November
11 November 2018 marked the centenary of the end of World War I

When is Remembrance Day in Canada?

How long until Remembrance Day ?
This holiday next takes place in 230 Days.
Dates of Remembrance Day
Year Weekday Date
2020 Wednesday
2020 Wednesday
2019 Monday
2018 Sunday
2017 Saturday
1 Day
Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan, Yukon
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 11th 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.

Why Remembrance Day is important

On Remembrance Day, Canadians pause to honour the men and women who have served, and continue to serve Canada during times of war, conflict and peace. More than 2,300,000 Canadians have served and more than 118,000 made the ultimate sacrifice.

The poppy is the symbol of Remembrance Day. In the run up to Remembrance Day, replica poppies are sold by the Royal Canadian Legion to provide assistance to veterans.

11th 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."

Did you know?

The last Canadian killed in action in World War I was Private George Lawrence Price of the Canadian Infantry (2nd Canadian Division) who was killed at Mons at 10.58 on 11 November, two minutes before the armistice. Officially, Price was the last Commonwealth soldier to be killed in World War One.

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 11th 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.

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 11th November.

Remembrance Day is not a statutory holiday in Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and Manitoba. Some employers in those provinces may give employees Remembrance Day off work, but there is no legal obligation to do so.

On 1 March 2018, An Act to amend the Holidays Act (Remembrance Day) received royal assent making 11th November is a legal holiday throughout Canada.

However, the revised status does not mean that all employees will now automatically get a public holiday on Remembrance Day. In Canada, the individual provinces and territories decide which days are public holidays for the majority of employees. The federal government cannot force the provinces to make Remembrance Day a paid day off for employees.

How Remembrance Day in Canada is observed in 2018

In 2018, Remembrance Day falls on a Sunday, which will lead to some confusion on how the holiday is treated across Canada.

The Federal Statutory holiday is observed on Monday, November 12th and all Federal Government offices will be closed.

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 2018 Observation Comments


Govt. Monday, November 12, 2018

If an employee doesn’t work on Remembrance Day, then they are entitled to general holiday pay of an amount that is at least their average daily wage.

If an employee works on Remembrance Day, then the employee is entitled to general holiday pay of an amount that is equal to: at least their average daily wage, and at least 1.5 times their wage rate for each hour worked on that day, or standard wage rate for each hour worked on the general holiday and a day off with pay where the pay is at least as much as their average daily wage

British Columbia

Generally no day in lieu; certain sectors may observe Monday November 12, 2018

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.

An employer and a majority of employees can agree to substitute another day off for a statutory holiday. The Act and Regulation apply to the substitute day as if it were the statutory holiday.


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 12, 2018

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 12, 2018


Quebec No day in lieu  


Monday, November 12, 2018

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



No day in lieu



Monday, November 12, 2018

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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