I walked to the post office Monday and found it closed. I should have known better. With Christmas on a Friday this year, Boxing Day, a statutory holiday,  was observed the following Monday, making for a nice four day break. It’s sometimes difficult to determine which are, and are not stat holidays as there are both national and provincial holidays.  The Government of Canada’s Canada Heritage website has a list of national public holidays and provincial holidays. Ontario Ministry of Labour sets out the nine public holidays and how employees are to be compensated when working on these holidays.
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Stat holidays that fall on a weekend are usually (but not always) celebrated on the following Friday or Monday. Interestingly, Easter, which always falls on a Sunday, is not a stat holiday, although Good Friday is.  July 1st, Canada is always celebrated on July 1, but some may take the holiday on the nearest Friday or Monday.
Holiday 2010 2011
New Year's Day Jan. 1 Jan. 1
Good Friday April 2 April 22
Easter Monday April 5 April 25
Victoria Day (Monday preceding May 25) May 24 May 23
Canada Day July 1 July 1
Labour Day (first Monday of September) Sept. 6 Sept. 5
Thanksgiving Day (second Monday of October) Oct. 11 Oct. 10
Remembrance Day Nov. 11 Nov. 11
Christmas Dec. 25 Dec. 25
Boxing Day Dec. 26 Dec. 26
Category: Canadian, Eh!
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