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This page contains a sampling of our database of news and updates related to Canada public holidays, bank holidays, government holidays and national holidays, as of October 2019, and covering calendar year 2020 Canada public holidays, gathered as part of our continuous monitoring of worldwide news media and official government sources to detect changes to bank holidays and public holidays legislation, or ad hoc bank holidays and public holidays changes, anywhere in the world.

Below is this list of Canada public holidays news and updates.

2019 (public news feed delayed by 30 days)

  • Oct
  • 16
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  • Canada Mulls Nunavut Public Holiday Extension

    The Government of Yukon (Whitehorse) - The legislature of the Canadian territory of Nunavut has announced that, in its upcoming fall sitting, it would discuss Bill 29, an Act to Amend the Labour Standards Act, which received second reading on September 17, and which would make Nunavut Day, observed annually on July 9, a statutory public holiday in the territory, for everyone, not just for public service employees, as is currently the case.
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2018

  • Jun
  • 18
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  • Canada Day In Lieu Public Holidays Clarification

    Commission des normes, de l’équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CNESST) - The Commission des normes, de l’équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CNESST) of Canada's Province of Quebec has issued a communique reminding the population that whenever June 24 and July 1 fall on a Sunday, as is the case this year, both give rise to a day in lieu public holiday on the following Mondays, June 25 and July 2, respectively.
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  • May
  • 7
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  • Canada To Review Ontario Public Holidays Rules

    The Government of the Province of Ontario (Toronto) - The Government of Canada's Province of Ontario has announced that it will conduct a review of the public holiday system under Part X of the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) following feedback and discussions with stakeholders.
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  • Mar
  • 2
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  • Canada Federal November 11 Public Holiday

    The House of Commons of Canada (Ottawa) - The Canadian House of Commons bill C-311, An Act to amend the Holidays Act (Remembrance Day), to extend the observance of the regional, November 11, Remembrance Day, non-working public holiday of Canada ("is a legal holiday and shall be kept and observed as such throughout Canada") and by specifying a day in lieu when November 11 falls on a weekend ("When November 11 is a Saturday or a Sunday, the following Monday is a legal holiday and shall be kept and observed as such"), was enacted by its signature by Canada's Governor General.
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  • Feb
  • 9
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  • Canada BC Family Day Public Holidays Moved

    The Government of the Province of British Columbia (Victoria) - The Government of Canada's Province of British Columbia has announced that, beginning in 2019, it would change the date of the annual Family Day non-working public holiday to the third Monday in February
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2017

  • Oct
  • 30
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  • Canada Mulls Further Extension To June 21 Public Holiday

    The Government of Yukon (Whitehorse) - The legislature of the Canadian Province of Saskatchewan has passed in its second reading a bill by Desnethe-Missinippi-Churchill River MP, Georgina Jolibois, which would declare June 21, National Indigenous Peoples Day, as a new annual non-working public holidays in Canada's Province of Saskatchewan.
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  • May
  • 9
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  • Canada Votes June 21 Public Holiday Extension

    The Government of Yukon (Whitehorse) - The Community Services Minister of Canada's Yukon Territory, John Streicker, has announced that the territorial government had made good on its promise to add a new annual non-working public holiday, National Aboriginal Day on November 21, to "recognize the contributions of Yukon's indigenous peoples".
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  • Apr
  • 26
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  • Canada NB Family Day Public Holiday Announced

    Province of New Brunswick (Moncton) - The Premier of the Canadian Province of New Brunswick, Brian Gallant, has announced that, beginning in 2018, New Brunswick will observe Family Day as a new annual non-working public holiday in New Brunswick ion the third Monday in February.
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  • Feb
  • 14
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  • Canada BC Family Day Public Holidays Update

    The Government of the Province of British Columbia (Victoria) - The petition launched in 2015 to request that the Government of Canada's Province of British Columbia change the date of the annual Family Day non-working public holiday has now reached 20000 signatures.
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  • Jan
  • 13
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  • Canada NB Family Day Public Holiday Update

    Province of New Brunswick (Moncton) - It would seem that the plans to declare a new annual "Family Day" non-working public holiday in the Canadian Province of New Brunswick, beginning in 2017, announced by the Minister of Social Development of Canada's Province of New Brunswick, Cathy Rogers, have been shelved, at the very least, for the calendar year 2017.
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2016

  • Oct
  • 3
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  • Canada New November 11 Public Holiday Bill

    The House of Commons of Canada (Ottawa) - The Canadian House of Commons bill C-311, An Act to amend the Holidays Act (Remembrance Day), yet another bill aiming to extend the observance of the regional, November 11, Remembrance Day, non-working public holiday of Canada, this time by making it a nationwide non-working public holiday in Canada ("is a legal holiday and shall be kept and observed as such throughout Canada") and by specifying a day in lieu when November 11 falls on a weekend ("When November 11 is a Saturday or a Sunday, the following Monday is a legal holiday and shall be kept and observed as such"), got its first reading last Friday.
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  • Feb
  • 14
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  • Canada Mulls NB Family Day Public Holiday

    Province of New Brunswick (Moncton) - The Minister of Social Development of Canada's Province of New Brunswick, Cathy Rogers, has announced that her government was preparing a bill to declare a new annual "Family Day" non-working public holiday in the Canadian Province of New Brunswick, possibly beginning in 2017.
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2015

  • Dec
  • 11
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  • Canada Mulls June 21 Public Holiday Extension

    The Government of Yukon (Whitehorse) - The Legislative Assembly of Canada's Yukon Territory has unanimously voted to add a new annual non-working public holiday, National Aboriginal Day on November 21, to "recognize the contributions of Yukon's indigenous peoples, and support efforts at reconciliation and understanding between aboriginal and non-aboriginal people".
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  • Nov
  • 11
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  • Canadan November 11 Public Holiday Extension Ruled-Out

    Ministère du Travail, de l'Emploi et de la Solidarité Sociale du Québec (Quebec City) - The ruling Couillard administration of the Canadian Province of Quebec has announced that, after a year of deliberations, it had decided not to declare November 11 (the "jour du Souvenir") as an official statutory non-working public holiday in the Canadian Province of Quebec.
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  • May
  • 30
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  • Canada 2017-2018 BC Public Holidays Announced

    The Government of the Province of British Columbia (Victoria) - The Government of Canada's Province of British Columbia has updated its official multi-year list of public holidays in British Columbia by announcing the non-working public holidays in BC for the calendar year 2017 and 2018.
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  • May
  • 4
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  • Canada Terry Fox Public Holiday Update

    Office of the Premier of the Province of Manitoba (Winipeg) - The Selinger government of Canada's Province of Manitoba has gone ahead and, as promised, introduced legislation to rename the annual August non-statutory public holiday, commonly called Civic Holiday, in honor of Terry Fox.
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2014

  • Nov
  • 5
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  • Canada November 11 Public Holiday Update

    The House of Commons of Canada (Ottawa) - The current Conservative Goverment of Canada has announced that it would support the NDP Bill C-597 ("An Act to amend the Holidays Act (Remembrance Day)") another bill which would make November 11, Remembrance Day, a national statutory holiday, throughout Canada.
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  • Jul
  • 31
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  • Canada Mulls August Public Holiday Name Change

    Office of the Premier of the Province of Manitoba (Winipeg) - The Premier of Canada's Province of Manitoba, Greg Selinger, has announced plans to rename the annual August non-working public holiday, commonly called Civic Holiday, into an annual non-working public holiday in Canada's Province of Manitoba named after Terry Fox.
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  • Jun
  • 28
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  • Canada Names New NS Family Day Public Holiday

    Province of Nova Scotia (Halifax) - The Minister of Labour and Advanced Education of Canada's Province of Nova Scotia, Kelly Regan, has announced that the recently voted new annual February non-working public holiday in the Canadian Province of Nova Scotia, beginning in 2015, would be named "Heritage Day".
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  • Jan
  • 16
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  • Canada 2016 BC Public Holidays Announced

    The Government of the Province of British Columbia (Victoria) - The Government of Canada's Province of British Columbia has updated its official multi-year list of public holidays in British Columbia by announcing the non-working public holidays in BC for the calendar year 2016.
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2013

  • Dec
  • 6
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  • Canada Adds NS Family Day Public Holiday

    Province of Nova Scotia (Halifax) - The Minister of Labour and Advanced Education of Canada's Province of Nova Scotia, Kelly Regan, has announced that her government has introduced another bill to declare a new annual "Family Day" non-working public holiday in the Canadian Province of Nova Scotia, beginning in 2015.
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  • Nov
  • 19
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  • Canada Rules-Out Grey Cup Public Holiday

    Government of Saskatchewan (Regina) - The Premier of Canada's Province of Saskatchewan, Brad Wall, has announced that he was not "vested with the authority" to declare a one-off provincial non-working public holiday to commemorate the Roughriders winning the western final of the upcoming Grey Cup in Calgary.
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  • Jun
  • 5
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  • Canada 2015 BC Public Holidays Announced

    The Government of the Province of British Columbia (Victoria) - The Government of Canada's Province of British Columbia has released the official list of public holidays in British Columbia for the calendar year 2015.
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  • May
  • 20
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  • Canada Push To Rename Victoria Day Public Holiday

    CTV News (Ottawa) - A group of "prominent Canadians" has launched an online petition calling on Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to change the name of the Victoria Day non-working public holiday.
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  • Feb
  • 6
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  • Canada BC Public Holiday Confusion

    CTV Vancouver Island (Victoria) - As Monday, February 11, 2013, the first occurrence of the new, Family Day, annual public holiday in British Columbia, approaches, there is minor chaos as people discover that not all in British Columbia are covered by the new Family Day, public holiday.
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  • Jan
  • 31
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  • Canada BC Public Holiday February 11

    The Government of the Province of British Columbia (Victoria) - The Premier of Canada's Province of British Columbia, Christy Clark, has confirmed that Monday, February 11, 2013, would be the first occurrence of the new, Family Day, annual public holiday in British Columbia.
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2012

  • May
  • 29
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  • Canada's BC Family Day Public Holiday Changed

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) - The Premier of Canada's Province of British Columbia, Christy Clark, has finally announced that contrary to earlier announcements, Monday, February 11, 2013, would be the first occurrence of the new, Family Day, annual public holiday in British Columbia.
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  • May
  • 11
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  • Canada's BC Family Day Public Holiday Revision

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) - The Premier of Canada's Province of British Columbia, Christy Clark, has announced that contrary to her earlier announcement, Monday, February 18, 2013, might not be the first occurrence of a new, Family Day, annual public holiday in British Columbia.
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  • May
  • 5
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  • Canada Regional Public Holiday Revision

    The Regina Leader-Post (Regina) - The Government of Canada's Province of Saskatchewan has announced a sweeping review of labour legislation in Saskatchewan, including the question of whether the province has the appropriate number of public holidays.
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2011

  • Oct
  • 5
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  • Canada Family Day Public Holiday Extended In 2013

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) - The Premier of Canada's Province of British Columbia, Christy Clark, has announced that Monday, February 18, 2013, would be the first occurrence of a new, Family Day, annual public holiday.
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  • Apr
  • 21
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  • Canada Family Day Public Holiday In Nova Scotia

    The Nova Scotia Legislature (Halifax) - A bill has been introduced, to the legislature of Canada's Province of Nova Scotia, which would create a new provincial non-working public holiday on the third Monday in February.
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  • Feb
  • 3
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  • Canada Could Extend Family Day Public Holiday

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) - Christy Clark, the front-runner for the leadership of the BC Liberal Party of Canada's Province of British Columbia, has said that she is in favor of adding a new annual February public holiday in British Columbia, if she becomes Premier.
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2010

  • Nov
  • 4
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  • Canada Bill Would Declare November 11 Regional Public Holiday

    CTV News (Toronto) - An opposition member of the legislature of Canada's Province of Ontario, Progressive Conservative Lisa MacLeod, has announced that she will introduce a private member's bill to designate November 11 as a statutory provincial non-working public holiday.
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  • Sep
  • 28
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  • Canada's NB Liberals Loose Elections

    - The Liberal Party of Canada's Province of New Brunswick has lost yesterday's general elections, thus dashing hopes for a new annual provincial public holiday on the third Monday of February.
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  • Sep
  • 6
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  • Canada Family Day Public Holiday Could Be Extended

    Radio-Canada (Moncton) - The Prime Minister of Canada's Province of New Brunswick, Shawn Graham, has announced that his government, if re-elected, would declare a new annual provincial public holiday, Family Day, on the third Monday of February.
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2009

  • Apr
  • 24
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  • Canada Amends Islander Day Public Holiday

    Prince Edward Island Legislative Assembly (Charlottetown) - The government of Canada's Province of Prince Edward Island has introduced Bill No. 72, An Act to Amend the Islander Day Act, which would amend the Employment Standards Act to change the date of the Islander Day annual public holiday to the third Monday in February.
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2008

  • Nov
  • 27
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  • Canada's PEI Province Votes Islander Day Public Holiday

    Prince Edward Island Legislative Assembly (Charlottetown) - Canada's Province of Prince Edward Island introduced Bill 44, Islander Day Act, which will amend the Employment Standards Act to introduce an additional statutory public holiday, known as Islander Day, on the second Monday in February throughout the province.
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  • Aug
  • 16
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  • Canada's NB PM Rejects Calls For Acadian Day Public Holiday

    Canadian Broadcasting Corporation - Reacting to renewed calls to have August 15, Acadian Day, made into a provincial, if not national, public holiday, New Brunswick's provincial Premier, Shawn Graham, indicated that this was not a priority for his government.
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  • Apr
  • 6
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  • Canada's PEI Province Adds February Public Holiday

    CBC + The Chronicle Herald - The new Liberal government of the Province of Prince Edward's Island announced the creation of a new provincial public holiday, "Islander Day", to be held on the second Monday in February, beginning in 2009.
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  • Feb
  • 19
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  • Canada Urged To Make Family Day A National Public Holiday

    Le Devoir (Montréal) - Yesterday was the first occurrence of the new Family Day/Louis Riel Day public holiday decreed last fall in Ontario and Manitoba. But many federal civil servants were not eligible for this new holiday. In that context, NDP party leader, Jack Layton, urged the federal government to make Family Day a national public holiday, starting in 2009.
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2007

  • Nov
  • 2
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  • Canada Federal Services Will Not Observe Manitoba's New Louis Riel Public Holiday

    Winipeg Free Press - Manitoba's federal government employees will not get the day off on the occasion of Manitoba's new provincial public holiday, Louis Riel Day.
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  • Oct
  • 20
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  • Canada Federal Services Will Not Observe New Ontario Public Holiday

    La Presse Canadienne - Canada's Prime Minister declared that the new February Ontario public holiday would not be a holiday for federal civil servants, justifying his decision by the fact that federal civil servants already have 11 holidays.
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  • Oct
  • 11
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  • Canada's Family Day Public Holiday Will Extend To Ontario In 2008

    Associated Press - Beginning in 2008, Ontario will join the provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, in observing a public holiday on the third Monday of February.
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  • Sep
  • 26
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  • Canada: New Manitoba Public Holiday Confirmed And Baptized

    Government of Manitoba - Manitoba's Labour Minister, Nancy Allan, has announced that the new provincial public holiday to be held on the third Monday of February would be named after the historical figure, Louis Riel.
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  • Sep
  • 14
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  • Canada's Ontario Province Would Get 6 New Public Holidays ... If The Green Party Is Elected

    Radio-Canada - The Ontario Green Party has announced that if it were to be elected, it would create six new public holidays: Ontario Day (first Monday in March), Earth Day (April 22), the Friday before the August Civic Holiday, November 11, as well as the dates of municipal and provincial elections.
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  • Sep
  • 4
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  • Canada's Ontario Province Considering New February Public Holiday

    La Presse Canadienne - The Prime Minister of the Province of Ontario, Dalton McGuinty, has proposed the creation of a new public holiday, called Family Day, on the third Monday in February.
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  • Aug
  • 17
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  • Canada Could Declare August 15 Public Holiday

    Cyberpresse - The leader of the Canadian opposition party, Stéphane Dion, has promised that August 15, the Fête nationale des Acadiens et des Acadiennes, would become a federal public holiday if the Liberal party comes to power in the next elections.
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  • Jun
  • 2
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  • Day In Lieu For Canada's Quebec Provincial Holiday Might Disappear

    Portail du Gouvernment du Québec - A provincial bill, currently under consideration, would change the rule that moves the date of Quebec's fête nationale public holiday, from June 24 to June 25 if the 24th is a Sunday, so that the date of this public holiday would remain fixed to June 24, in all cases.
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  • May
  • 3
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  • Canada's Federal Elections To Be Held Every Four Years From Now On

    Radio-Canada - Canadian federal elections will henceforth be held on the third Monday in October, four years after the previous general election day.
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  • Apr
  • 28
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  • Canada's Manitoba Province New Public Holiday On Third Monday In February

    Press Communique of the Province of Manitoba - The date of the new annual provincial public holiday in the Canadian province of Manitoba seems now fixed as the third Monday in February.
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  • Apr
  • 8
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  • Canada Considering New Public Holiday In Manitoba

    Radio-Canada - The Labour Minister for the Canadian province of Manitoba, Nancy Allan, will introduce a bill, this coming week, to add a new public holiday, to occur every year, sometime in the month of February.
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  • Feb
  • 17
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  • Canada Bill To Make February 15 A Public Holiday

    The Province - New Democrat MP (Member of Parliament), Peggy Nash, will introduce a private member's bill to declare Flag Day, Feb. 15, a federal holiday.
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2006

  • Oct
  • 31
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  • Canada Changes DST Rules

    - Canada has modified its Daylight Saving Time schedule to match recent changes in the USA.
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  • Oct
  • 30
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  • Canada's November 11 Public Holiday ... More

    The House of Commons of Canada - The House of Commons bill C-354, An Act to amend the Holidays Act (Remembrance Day) got its first reading, on September 26, 2006, to make November 11 a legal holiday observed throughout Canada.
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  • Oct
  • 8
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  • Canada Reconsidering Making November 11 A Full Public Holiday

    Parliament of Canada - The quest to recognize November 11 as a national statutory holiday is once again on the order paper in the House of Commons.
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2001

  • Nov
  • 7
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  • Canada Adds June 21 Public Holiday

    The Government of the Northwest Territories (Yellowknife) - Royal Assent has been given to the recently-passed National Aboriginal Day Act of Canada's Northwest Territories, meaning that, as of next year, National Aboriginal Day will be a statutory non-working public holiday in the Canada's Northwest Territories.
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See also: Canada bank holidays and public holidays for 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023.

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