Family Day/Islander Day

National and public holidays in Canada Regional Holiday in Canada


When is Family Day in Canada?

A provincial statutory holiday observed on the third Monday in February in most provinces. About two-thirds of all Canadians will have the day off on Family Day.

Observed in the Canadian provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Ontario and Saskatchewan. This holiday celebrates the importance of families and family life to people and their communities.

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 2018 Date 2019 Date 2020 Date
Alberta Family Day 19 February 18 February 17 February
British Columbia Family Day 12 February 18 February 17 February
Manitoba Louis Riel Day 19 February 18 February 17 February
New Brunswick Family Day 19 February 18 February 17 February
Nova Scotia Nova Scotia Heritage Day 19 February 18 February 17 February
Ontario Family Day 19 February 18 February 17 February
Prince Edward Island Islander Day 19 February 18 February 17 February
Saskatchewan Family Day 19 February 18 February 17 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.

Family Day in British Columbia

Since 2013, Family Day was celebrated on the second Monday in February in British Columbia. The B.C. government announced on 9 February 2018, that starting in 2019, Family will be held be on the third Monday of February, bringing it in line with other provinces in Canada.

Family Day in Ontario

In Ontario, Family Day isn’t recognised as a holiday by the federal government, therefore federal civil servants do not have the day off.

Family Day in New Brunswick

Announced in April 2017, New Brunswick will observe Family day on the third Monday in February from 2018. This brings New Brunswick up to the national average of eight paid public holidays a year.

Schools, libraries, provincial government offices and all administrative offices will be closed today. Many stores and services will also close and public transport will be affected.

Islander Day in PEI

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.

All provincial and municipal government offices and schools will be closed. Some bars and restaurants will be closed. Most federal government offices will remain open and there will be a postal service.

Other Provinces

The third Monday in February is a regular working day in British Columbia, Quebec and the territories.

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