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Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day is to honor and celebrate everyone who has ever served in armed conflicts. These people may be alive or deceased.

Upcoming Dates & Where They Are Celebrated

Remembrance Day is celebrated as both a National holiday and an observance. In Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Ontario and Quebec, it is not considered a national holiday. In Ontario, there is simply an observance.

  • Saturday, November 11, 2017 - National holiday (excluding: NL, NS, ON, QC)
  • Saturday, November 11, 2017 - Observance in Ontario
  • Sunday, November 11, 2018 - National holiday (excluding: NL, NS, ON, QC)
  • Observed on Monday, November 12, 2018
  • Monday, November 12, 2018 - Observance in Ontario
  • Monday, November 11, 2019 - National holiday (excluding: NL, NS, ON, QC)
  • Monday, November 11, 2019 - Observance in Ontario
  • Wednesday, November 11, 2020 - National holiday (excluding: NL, NS, ON, QC)
  • Wednesday, November 11, 2020 - Observance in Ontario
  • Thursday, November 11, 2021 - National holiday (excluding: NL, NS, ON, QC)
  • Thursday, November 11, 2021 - Observance in Ontario
  • Friday, November 11, 2022 - National holiday (excluding: NL, NS, ON, QC)
  • Friday, November 11, 2022 - Observance in Ontario
  • Saturday, November 11, 2023 - National holiday (excluding: NL, NS, ON, QC)
  • Saturday, November 11, 2023 - Observance in Ontario
  • Monday, November 11, 2024 - National holiday (excluding: NL, NS, ON, QC)
  • Monday, November 11, 2024 - Observance in Ontario
  • Tuesday, November 11, 2025 - National holiday (excluding: NL, NS, ON, QC)
  • Tuesday, November 11, 2025 - Observance in Ontario

Where Is Remembrance Day Considered A Holiday?

Remembrance Day is a holiday everywhere in Canada. It isn't always a paid holiday, this varies from province to province. However, the government recognizes Memorial Day as a holiday, so all government offices will be closed for observance. Many public transportation options will be unavailable as well. Businesses may choose to remain open in some provinces. In Manitoba, many businesses are required to close between 9am and 1pm, unless it provides a necessary service. In Ontario, most businesses are closed. Quebec offers Remembrance Day or another provincial holiday to workers. In Nova Scotia, workers may still have to work, however they are offered an alternative day off.

Festivities & Events During Remembrance Day

On Remembrance Day, people sport either white or red poppies on removable pins. They can also choose to wear both. The red poppies symbolize those who passed away. The white poppies call attention to solutions that don't involved violence. There is always a moment of silence observed across the land. It lasts for 2 minutes, starting at 11:00 am. These occur in homes, schools, businesses and churches. Many churches also offer memorial services. People will lay wreaths at the local war memorials to honor those who have passed. Some will leave letters or poems behind at memorial sites. Some will leave flowers.

A Brief History Of Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day is also known as Armistice Day & Poppy Day. It's commemorated in many different countries as well. It is to show support to the lives lost during World War I. It is celebrated on November 11, on the date the war ended in 1918.

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