FASThelp: Statutory Holidays in British Columbia

 

British Columbia officially observes 10 statutory holidays every year.  Federally regulated employers observe additional days.  Very few have fixed dates.  Where those fall on a Sunday, they are generally observed the following day.  Others fall on specified Mondays by legislation, while Easter is determined by the lunar calendar.

The following table lists the statutory holidays for 2015-2018

 

2015

2016

2017 2018
New Year’s Day Thursday
January 1
Friday
January 1
Sunday
January 1
Monday
January 1
Family Day Monday
February 9
Monday
February 8
Monday
February 13
Monday
February 12
Good Friday Friday
April 3
Friday
March 25
Friday
April 14
Friday
March 30
Victoria Day Monday
May 18
Monday
May 23
Monday
May 22
Monday
May 21
Canada Day Wednesday
July 1
Friday
July 1
Saturday
July 1
Monday
July 2
B.C. Day Monday
August 3
Monday
August 1
Monday
August 7
Monday
August 6
Labour Day Monday
September 7
Monday
September 5
Monday
September 4
Monday
September 3
Thanksgiving Day Monday
October 12
Monday
October 10
Monday
October 9
Monday
October 8
Remembrance Day Wednesday November 11 Friday
November 11
Saturday
November 11
Sunday
November 11
Christmas Day Friday
December 25
Sunday
December 25
Monday
December 25
Tuesday
December 25

Note: Canada Day is usually July 1st. If July 1st falls on Sunday, Monday July 2nd replaces July 1st as the statutory holiday.
Easter Monday (Monday following Good Friday) and Boxing Day (day following Christmas Day) are not recognized as statutory holidays in British Columbia. Federally regulated employers, public sector employers and many private companies do give their employees Boxing Day and Easter Monday as days off. BC observes Family Day a week earlier than other provinces.