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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.

Events and observations associated with the holidays we list may be canceled or otherwise affected due to measures taken to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Please check with event organizers for details.

Is Easter Monday a Public Holiday?

Easter Monday is a public holiday in 3 provinces and 3 territories, where it is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed.

Easter Monday in Canada is a time for Christians to reflect on Jesus Christ's crucifixion, death and resurrection.

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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.

Public Life

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.

Symbols

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 Countries

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Easter Monday Observances

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday TypeArea
2015MonApr 6Easter MondayOptional holidayAlberta
2015MonApr 6Easter MondayNational holidayNB, NT, NU, QC
2015MonApr 6Easter MondayLocal de facto holidayYukon
2016MonMar 28Easter MondayNational holidayNB, NT, NU, QC
2016MonMar 28Easter MondayLocal de facto holidayYukon
2016MonMar 28Easter MondayOptional holidayAlberta
2017MonApr 17Easter MondayNational holidayNB, NT, NU, QC
2017MonApr 17Easter MondayOptional holidayAlberta
2017MonApr 17Easter MondayLocal de facto holidayYukon
2018MonApr 2Easter MondayOptional holidayAlberta
2018MonApr 2Easter MondayLocal de facto holidayYukon
2018MonApr 2Easter MondayNational holidayNB, NT, NU, QC
2019MonApr 22Easter MondayLocal de facto holidayYukon
2019MonApr 22Easter MondayNational holidayNB, NT, NU, QC
2019MonApr 22Easter MondayOptional holidayAlberta
2020MonApr 13Easter MondayNational holidayNB, NT, NU, QC
2020MonApr 13Easter MondayOptional holidayAlberta
2020MonApr 13Easter MondayLocal de facto holidayYukon
2021MonApr 5Easter MondayOptional holidayAlberta
2021MonApr 5Easter MondayLocal de facto holidayYukon
2021MonApr 5Easter MondayNational holidayNB, NT, NU, QC
2022MonApr 18Easter MondayNational holidayNB, NT, NU, QC
2022MonApr 18Easter MondayOptional holidayAlberta
2022MonApr 18Easter MondayLocal de facto holidayYukon
2023MonApr 10Easter MondayOptional holidayAlberta
2023MonApr 10Easter MondayLocal de facto holidayYukon
2023MonApr 10Easter MondayNational holidayNB, NT, NU, QC
2024MonApr 1Easter MondayLocal de facto holidayYukon
2024MonApr 1Easter MondayOptional holidayAlberta
2024MonApr 1Easter MondayNational holidayNB, NT, NU, QC
2025MonApr 21Easter MondayNational holidayNB, NT, NU, QC
2025MonApr 21Easter MondayOptional holidayAlberta
2025MonApr 21Easter MondayLocal de facto holidayYukon

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