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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.

Is Easter Monday a Public Holiday?

Easter Monday is a public holiday in 5 provinces and 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.
Easter Monday in Canada is a time for Christians to reflect on Jesus Christ's crucifixion, death and resurrection.

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.


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
2010MonApr 5Easter MondayNational holidayNB, NT, NU, QC
2010MonApr 5Easter MondayObservanceAlberta
2011MonApr 25Easter MondayNational holidayNB, NT, NU, QC
2011MonApr 25Easter MondayObservanceAlberta
2012MonApr 9Easter MondayNational holidayNB, NT, NU, QC
2012MonApr 9Easter MondayObservanceAlberta
2013MonApr 1Easter MondayNational holidayNB, NT, NU, QC
2013MonApr 1Easter MondayObservanceAlberta
2014MonApr 21Easter MondayNational holidayNB, NT, NU, QC
2014MonApr 21Easter MondayObservanceAlberta
2015MonApr 6Easter MondayNational holidayNB, NT, NU, QC
2015MonApr 6Easter MondayObservanceAlberta
2016MonMar 28Easter MondayNational holidayNB, NT, NU, QC
2016MonMar 28Easter MondayObservanceAlberta
2017MonApr 17Easter MondayNational holidayNB, NT, NU, QC
2017MonApr 17Easter MondayObservanceAlberta
2018MonApr 2Easter MondayObservanceAlberta
2018MonApr 2Easter MondayNational holidayNB, NT, NU, QC
2019MonApr 22Easter MondayNational holidayNB, NT, NU, QC
2019MonApr 22Easter MondayObservanceAlberta
2020MonApr 13Easter MondayObservanceAlberta
2020MonApr 13Easter MondayNational holidayNB, NT, NU, QC

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