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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.

Is Mother's Day a Public Holiday?

Mother's Day is not a public holiday. It falls on Sunday, May 12, 2019 and most businesses follow regular Sunday opening hours in Canada.

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.
©iStockphoto.com/Kateryna Govorushchenko

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

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday TypeArea
2010SunMay 9Mother's DayObservance 
2011SunMay 8Mother's DayObservance 
2012SunMay 13Mother's DayObservance 
2013SunMay 12Mother's DayObservance 
2014SunMay 11Mother's DayObservance 
2015SunMay 10Mother's DayObservance 
2016SunMay 8Mother's DayObservance 
2017SunMay 14Mother's DayObservance 
2018SunMay 13Mother's DayObservance 
2019SunMay 12Mother's DayObservance 
2020SunMay 10Mother's DayObservance 

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