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Mother's Day in Canada

Many Canadians celebrate Mother’s Day by showing their appreciation for mothers or mother figures. The Mother’s Day date in Canada is on the second Sunday of May each year.

Mother and daughter with gifts for Mother's Day.
Mother's Day in Canada is a day to remember mothers and mother figures.
Mother's Day in Canada is a day to remember mothers and mother figures.
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What do people do?

Many people in Canada express their gratitude towards mothers and mother figures on Mother’s Day. Mother figures may include step-mothers, mothers-in-law, guardians (eg. foster parents), and family friends. It is the time for people to thank mothers and mother figures who took the time care for them and help them through life’s challenges. Father’s Day is also celebrated in Canada on the third Sunday of June, when people thank fathers and father figures for the positive contributions they made.

Some people give cards, flowers, or chocolates, and/or make handmade items or special meals on Mother’s Day. Others take their mothers or mother figures to the movies, a restaurant, café, or a day in a park. Some mothers and mother figures also receive special gifts such as jewelry, clothing, accessories, and gift vouchers for services or products.

Public life

Mother’s Day is not a federal holiday but it is on a Sunday, when many organizations, schools, and government offices are closed. Public transit systems run to their normal Sunday schedules and restaurants may be busier than usual as some people take their mothers out for a treat.

Background and symbols

Early celebrations of Mother’s Day originated from Canada’s neighboring country, the United States. Carnations are a popular Mother's Day symbol in both Canada and the United States. Some people may choose to wear a carnation as a brooch on Mother's Day. However, other flowers are also given to mothers or mother figures to symbolize one’s love and appreciation for them.

About Mother's Day in other countries

Read more about Mother's Day.

Mother's Day Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday typeWhere it is observed
SunMay 131990Mother's DayObservance 
SunMay 121991Mother's DayObservance 
SunMay 101992Mother's DayObservance 
SunMay 91993Mother's DayObservance 
SunMay 81994Mother's DayObservance 
SunMay 141995Mother's DayObservance 
SunMay 121996Mother's DayObservance 
SunMay 111997Mother's DayObservance 
SunMay 101998Mother's DayObservance 
SunMay 91999Mother's DayObservance 
SunMay 142000Mother's DayObservance 
SunMay 132001Mother's DayObservance 
SunMay 122002Mother's DayObservance 
SunMay 112003Mother's DayObservance 
SunMay 92004Mother's DayObservance 
SunMay 82005Mother's DayObservance 
SunMay 142006Mother's DayObservance 
SunMay 132007Mother's DayObservance 
SunMay 112008Mother's DayObservance 
SunMay 102009Mother's DayObservance 
SunMay 92010Mother's DayObservance 
SunMay 82011Mother's DayObservance 
SunMay 132012Mother's DayObservance 
SunMay 122013Mother's DayObservance 
SunMay 112014Mother's DayObservance 
SunMay 102015Mother's DayObservance 
SunMay 82016Mother's DayObservance 
SunMay 142017Mother's DayObservance 
SunMay 132018Mother's DayObservance 
SunMay 122019Mother's DayObservance 
SunMay 102020Mother's DayObservance 

Quick Facts

Mother’s Day is celebrated in Canada on the second Sunday of May each year.

Mother's Day 2015

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Mother's Day 2016

Sunday, May 8, 2016


Name in other languages

Mother's DayEnglish
Fete Des MeresFrench
List of dates for other years

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Other holidays in May 2016 in Canada

Fun Holiday on May 10, 2016

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