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Islander Day in Canada

Islander Day is a holiday in the province of Prince Edward Island on the third Monday of February. It gives people the chance to have a day off to relax or to take a short winter break.

The blue jay is one of the symbols of Prince Edward Island.
The blue jay is one of the symbols of Prince Edward Island.
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What do people do?

Many workers in the province have the day off work or school on Islander Day. The holiday gives people the time to rest, relax and engage in personal activities. The idea of this holiday also centers on celebrating family and the community.

Public life

Islander Day is a statutory holiday for many people in the province of Prince Edward Island. Schools and many businesses are closed and provincial government employees get the day off but federal government employees in the province may have to choose between Islander Day and the one they receive in August, known as Natal Day.

Background

Islander Day was recently created in the province of Prince Edward Island. The province’s premier Robert Ghiz promised in a previous election that he would look at having a new holiday for the province.  He reiterated his promise in April in 2008, saying the new holiday would afford everyone an opportunity to celebrate family and community. The province’s legislator approved the new statutory holiday for Prince Edward Island on November 28, 2008.

It was announced that the second Monday of February would be known as “Islander Day”. Its first observance was scheduled for February 9 in 2009. However, this new holiday caused some concern regarding federal government employees. The Public Service Alliance of Canada’s officials said that federal government employees in the province would need to choose between the February holiday and a federal government holiday in August.

Community and Cultural Affairs Minister Carolyn Bertram raised the issue with Federal Minister of Labour Rona Ambrose. Ms Bertram said that Islander Day was intended to be a paid holiday for all workers in the province. However, a federal collective agreement happens outside of provincial jurisdiction. Nonetheless, Ms Ambrose confirmed that she would consider this issue. The holiday's date was later changed in 2009 to be on the third Monday of February. This change was to take effect from 2010 onwards.

Symbols

Prince Edward Island has various provincial symbols including armorial bearings, a great seal, and an official wordmark. The provincial bird is the blue jay (cyanocitta cristata) and the flower is the “lady’s slipper”. The provincial tartan features the following colors:

  • Reddish-brown, which signifies the soil’s redness.
  • Green, which represents the grass and the trees.
  • White, which symbolizes for the caps on the waves.
  • Yellow, which represents the sun.

The red oak (quercus rubra) is the province’s tree. Although many consider the red oak to be the tree on the provincial coat-of-arms (adopted in 1905), this was never formally recognized.

Islander Day Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday typeWhere it is a statutory holiday
MonFeb 92009Islander DayCommon Local holidaysPrince Edward Island
MonFeb 152010Islander DayCommon Local holidaysPrince Edward Island
MonFeb 212011Islander DayCommon Local holidaysPrince Edward Island
MonFeb 202012Islander DayCommon Local holidaysPrince Edward Island
MonFeb 182013Islander DayCommon Local holidaysPrince Edward Island
MonFeb 172014Islander DayCommon Local holidaysPrince Edward Island
MonFeb 162015Islander DayCommon Local holidaysPrince Edward Island
MonFeb 152016Islander DayCommon Local holidaysPrince Edward Island
MonFeb 202017Islander DayCommon Local holidaysPrince Edward Island
MonFeb 192018Islander DayCommon Local holidaysPrince Edward Island
MonFeb 182019Islander DayCommon Local holidaysPrince Edward Island
MonFeb 172020Islander DayCommon Local holidaysPrince Edward Island

Quick Facts

Islander Day is a day off for many people in the province of Prince Edward Island in Canada.

Islander Day 2015

Monday, February 16, 2015 (Prince Edward Island)

Islander Day 2016

Monday, February 15, 2016 (Prince Edward Island)

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Name in other languages

NameLanguage
Islander DayEnglish
Fête des InsulairesFrench
Islander DayGerman
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