Canadian payroll legislation: 2023 statutory holiday schedule



There are many reasons why Canadian businesses and payroll practitioners mark their calendars with the upcoming statutory holiday schedule - like adhering to legislated time off for staff, applying holiday pay rates, and knowing if payroll processing dates are altered. These tasks are important in ensuring workforces are paid accurately and on time throughout the year.

We recommend the best practice of processing payroll three business days in advance of employees’ payment dates. When taking weekends and banking holidays into consideration, that could mean processing payroll anywhere from three to even six days in advance of your employees’ payment date.

With that in mind, we've put together a list that displays the statutory holidays in 2023, accompanied by the date of the coinciding banking holiday as well:



Banking Holiday

New Year’s Day Sunday, January 1, 2023 Monday, January 2, 2023 (observed)
Day After New Year’s (QC) Monday, January 2, 2023 Tuesday, January 3, 2023 (observed)
Third Monday in February1 Monday, February 20, 2023 Monday, February 20, 2023
St. Patrick’s Day (NL) Friday, March 17, 2023 Friday, March 17, 2023
Good Friday Friday, April 7, 2023 Friday, April 7, 2023
Easter Monday (QC) Monday, April 10, 2023 Monday, April 10, 2023
St. George’s Day (NL) Sunday, April 23, 2023 Monday, April 24, 2023 (observed)
Victoria Day (Patriots’ Day in QC)2 Monday, May 22, 2023 Monday, May 22, 2023
National Holiday/Fête Nationale (QC) Saturday, June 24, 2023 Monday, June 26, 2023 (observed)
Discovery Day (NL) Monday, June 26, 2023 Monday, June 26, 2023
Canada Day (Memorial Day in NL) Saturday, July 1, 2023 Monday, July 3, 2023 (observed)
Nunavut Day (NU) Sunday, July 9, 2023 Monday, July 10, 2023 (observed)
First Monday in August3 Monday, August 7, 2023 Monday, August 7, 2023
Discovery Day (YT) Monday, August 21, 2023 Monday, August 21, 2023
Labour Day Monday, September 4, 2023 Monday, September 4, 2023
National Day for Truth & Reconciliation4 Saturday, September 30, 2023 Monday, October 2, 2023 (observed)
Thanksgiving Day2 Monday, October 9, 2023 Monday, October 9, 2023
Remembrance Day5 Saturday, November 11, 2023 Monday, November 13, 2023 (observed)
Christmas Day Monday, December 25, 2023 Monday, December 25, 2023
Boxing Day6 Tuesday, December 26, 2023 Tuesday, December 26, 2023
1. Holiday in BC, AB, SK, MB, ON, PE, NS, and NB.
2. Not a public holiday in PE, NS, NB, and NL.
3. Holiday in BC, SK, NT, NU and NB. This is an optional day at the employer’s discretion in AB, MB, ON, PE, and NS.
4. Statutory holiday in PE, NT, NU, and for workplaces regulated by the Canada Labour Code (for Nunavut, this applies to public services employees and employees of territorially-regulated businesses.
5. Not a statutory holiday in MB, NS, ON, QC. MB and NS are governed by their respective Remembrance Day Acts.
6. Statutory holiday in Ontario and for workplaces regulated by the Canada Labour Code. Banking holiday in all jurisdictions.


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