How Holidays Work in Canada and Germany

How Holidays Work in Canada and Germany

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.

DateCanadaGermany
January 1New Year’s DayNew Year’s Day
April 7Good FridayGood Friday
April 10Easter MondayEaster Monday
May 1Labour Day
May 18Ascension Day
May 22Victoria Day
May 29Whit Monday
June 24Saint-Jean Baptiste Day (Quebec)
July 1Canada Day
August 7Civic Holiday (Except for Quebec)
September 4Labour Day
October 3Day of German Unity
October 9Thanksgiving Day
November 11Remembrance Day
December 25Christmas DayChristmas Day
December 26Boxing DaySt Stephen’s Day

Learn about the differences between Canadian and UK public holidays here.

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