The wonders of Canada’s confusing (it is Canada after all) Family Day

Monday, February 20, 2023. It’s Family Day. Be happy!

Culture & Society

TORONTO. February 20/23  – To start with and thanks in part to our friends at Wikipedia, we want to simply ‘attempt’ to explain to you how (some) Canadians celebrate Canada Day in the middle of winter. It’s a bit of a challenge, but here goes!

In most provinces of Canada, the third Monday in February is observed as a regional statutory holiday, typically known in general as Family Day (French: Jour de la famille)—though some provinces use their own names, as they celebrate the day for different reasons. The third Monday of February is observed as “Family Day” in the provinces of Alberta, British Columbia (BC), New Brunswick, Ontario, and Saskatchewan; as Louis Riel Day in Manitoba; as Nova Scotia Heritage Day in Nova Scotia; and as Islander Day in Prince Edward Island.

In Canada more generally, the third Monday in February has also been celebrated as Heritage Day, though this is not an official holiday. This “Heritage Day” is observed by some in celebration of the country’s collective history, architecture, and cultural heritage.

In Quebec and the three territories, the third Monday in February is a regular working day. The same is true in Newfoundland and Labrador except in Corner Brook, where it is an unnamed civic holiday. In Yukon, however, one Friday in February (typically the last/near-last Friday)—rather than a Monday—is deemed Yukon Heritage Day.

Two-thirds of Canadians live in a province that observes a February statutory holiday. Some provinces have changed the observance day of their holiday to match the other provinces. As Family Day is not a federal statutory holiday, employees of the federal government (such as public servants and postal workers) work on this day in all provinces. The timing of Family Day also coincides with the United States holiday of Presidents’ Day (also known as Washington’s Birthday.

Now, to those of you who might remain confused – don’t forget this is Canada – we found a short video explaining Canada Day that will help you further appreciate how Canada functions as a society.


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>>> Click here to watch this video <<<

There you have it!

To quote Stephen Hawking, “Many people find the universe confusing – it’s not.”


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