Canadian Statutory Holidays
Statutory holidays are approved by the federal government or your province. These include New Year’s, Good Friday, Canada Day, Labor Day, Christmas, and additional state and local days off. National public holidays are paid days off for all employees. Aside from these days, federal employees generally receive additional paid days off (outside of vacation), although this is not a government requirement. These include Easter Monday, Victoria Day, Thanksgiving and Boxing Day. Companies may choose to observe other significant dates, including anniversaries and religious festivals, by closing.
Public Holidays in Germany
In Germany, nine public holidays are observed annually across the country, with additional local days off observed in some German states. This means that there are more German holidays in some German states than there are in others. In Germany, the luckiest people can enjoy up to 13 days off annually. That’s one of Europe’s top entitlements.
Canada vs Germany in 2023
If you have team members in multiple regions or countries, it’s important to understand what days they’re used to taking off from work, and what your responsibilities as an international employer are.
We’ve compared Canadian and German public holidays so that you can get a better handle on how the differences break down.
In our next blog, we’ll break down the differences between Canadian and German vacation entitlements.
|January 1||New Year’s Day||New Year’s Day|
|April 7||Good Friday||Good Friday|
|April 10||Easter Monday||Easter Monday|
|May 1||Labour Day|
|May 18||Ascension Day|
|May 22||Victoria Day|
|May 29||Whit Monday|
|June 24||Saint-Jean Baptiste Day (Quebec)|
|July 1||Canada Day|
|August 7||Civic Holiday (Except for Quebec)|
|September 4||Labour Day|
|October 3||Day of German Unity|
|October 9||Thanksgiving Day|
|November 11||Remembrance Day|
|December 25||Christmas Day||Christmas Day|
|December 26||Boxing Day||St Stephen’s Day|
Learn about the differences between Canadian and UK public holidays here.