Easter Monday in Canada
Easter Monday is the day after Easter Sunday, which commemorates Jesus Christ's resurrection, according to the Christian Bible. Easter Monday is also a holiday for many Canadians.
Celebrate Easter Monday
A proportion of Canadians have a day off work on Easter Monday and for some it is the end of a four-day weekend. People who have been on a short vacation or who have visited family or friends often travel home on Easter Monday. For others, it is a chance to eat their easter eggs, relax and, depending on the weather and when Easter falls, enjoy some time outdoors.
The Canadian federal government lists Easter Monday as a statutory holiday but this isn't the case with some provincial and territorial governments. Some state that the holiday is taken at the employer's option. Rules about this holiday change and vary across businesses and provinces/territories from time to time.
Schools, businesses and organizations are closed in places where Easter Monday is a day off. Public transport services may run to reduced timetables. In rural areas, there may be no public transport services.
About Easter Monday
Easter Monday is a holiday in many English speaking countries, including England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Australia, and European counties. The tradition of having a holiday on the day after Easter Sunday was brought to Canada by European immigrants. The Easter date depends on the ecclesiastical approximation of the March equinox.
Eggs of all types are an important symbol of Easter. They represent the rebirth of nature in the spring and the promise of new life in the spring and summer months to come and are seen as a reflection of the resurrection of Christ after his crucifixion. Easter eggs, whether they are made of chocolate or candy or are decorated hens eggs, are common gifts all over the world during Easter. However, the biggest Easter egg in the world is a representation of a Ukranian Easter egg, known as a Pysanka, located in Vegreville, Alberta.
The Pysanka in Vegreville was constructed in 1974 to mark the centenary of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and to celebrate Vegreville's strong links with the Ukraine. It is made of more than 2000 aluminium triangles fixed together with nearly 7000 bolts and 177 internal struts. The egg is more than 25 feet (nearly eight meters) in diameter and is decorated with a gold, silver and bronze design. Its construction represented significant advances in computer modeling, mathematical theory, architectural design and engineering construction.
About Easter Monday in other countriesRead more about Easter Monday.
Easter Monday Observances
|Weekday||Date||Year||Name||Holiday Type||Where it is a statutory holiday|
|Mon||Apr 5||2010||Easter Monday||Common Local holidays||BC, NB, PE, QC, YT|
|Mon||Apr 5||2010||Easter Monday||Observance||Alberta|
|Mon||Apr 25||2011||Easter Monday||Common Local holidays||BC, NB, PE, QC, YT|
|Mon||Apr 25||2011||Easter Monday||Observance||Alberta|
|Mon||Apr 9||2012||Easter Monday||Common Local holidays||BC, NB, PE, QC, YT|
|Mon||Apr 9||2012||Easter Monday||Observance||Alberta|
|Mon||Apr 1||2013||Easter Monday||Common Local holidays||BC, NB, PE, QC, YT|
|Mon||Apr 1||2013||Easter Monday||Observance||Alberta|
|Mon||Apr 21||2014||Easter Monday||Observance||Alberta|
|Mon||Apr 21||2014||Easter Monday||Common Local holidays||BC, NB, PE, QC, YT|
|Mon||Apr 6||2015||Easter Monday||Common Local holidays||BC, NB, PE, QC, YT|
|Mon||Apr 6||2015||Easter Monday||Observance||Alberta|
|Mon||Mar 28||2016||Easter Monday||Observance||Alberta|
|Mon||Mar 28||2016||Easter Monday||Common Local holidays||BC, NB, PE, QC, YT|
|Mon||Apr 17||2017||Easter Monday||Common Local holidays||BC, NB, PE, QC, YT|
|Mon||Apr 17||2017||Easter Monday||Observance||Alberta|
|Mon||Apr 2||2018||Easter Monday||Common Local holidays||BC, NB, PE, QC, YT|
|Mon||Apr 2||2018||Easter Monday||Observance||Alberta|
|Mon||Apr 22||2019||Easter Monday||Observance||Alberta|
|Mon||Apr 22||2019||Easter Monday||Common Local holidays||BC, NB, PE, QC, YT|
|Mon||Apr 13||2020||Easter Monday||Common Local holidays||BC, NB, PE, QC, YT|
|Mon||Apr 13||2020||Easter Monday||Observance||Alberta|
Quick FactsEaster Monday is the day after Easter Sunday and a holiday for many Canadians.
Easter Monday 2016Monday, March 28, 2016 (Alberta)
Monday, March 28, 2016 (British Columbia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Yukon)
Easter Monday 2017Monday, April 17, 2017 (British Columbia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Yukon)
Monday, April 17, 2017 (Alberta)
Name in other languages
|Le lundi de Pâques||French|
- Palm Sunday – Sunday, March 20, 2016
- Maundy Thursday – Thursday, March 24, 2016
- Holy Saturday – Saturday, March 26, 2016
- Good Friday – Friday, March 25, 2016
- Easter Sunday – Sunday, March 27, 2016
- Epiphany – Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Other holidays in March 2017 in Canada
- Ash Wednesday – Wednesday, March 1, 2017
- Purim – Sunday, March 12, 2017
- Commonwealth Day – Monday, March 13, 2017
- St. Patrick's Day – Friday, March 17, 2017
- St. Patrick's Day – Monday, March 20, 2017