Family Day in Canada

Family Day is not a national statutory holiday, it is only observed in Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan and in British Columbia. Two other provinces have holidays in February: In PEI Islander Day is celebrated on the 3rd Monday in February and in Manitoba the 3rd Monday in February is the Louis Riel Day holiday.

Since this is not a federally established holiday all federal workers work on Family day including post office employees and public servants. (It’s interesting how public servants don’t complain about this in the comments area the same way private sector workers complain about having to work on Easter Monday when public servants have the day off.)

Family Day was originally created to give people time to spend with their families but it also provides a day off between New Years Day and Good Friday as they are approximately three months apart.

As mentioned above, unfortunately, not everyone gets Family Day off, which makes it a debatable holiday in many provinces. Why can’t the whole country simple agree on 9 or 10 common statutory holidays remains a mystery and a good indicator of just how overcomplicated our laws are.

Common Family Day activities include skating, playing hockey, snowboarding/skiing and going to various winter festivals. But the best best thing about of Family Day must be beaver tails and stuffing ourselves silly with pancakes with maple syrup!

See the construction of our new convent and base of operation of ministry in 🇭🇹 Haiti

Felician Sisters Haiti

Foundation for the new convent.

Activity center and food program area.

Volunteer house.


Mother Angela Clinic pharmacy, office and storage.

Caretaker residence.

These new buildings will be the base of operations for the Ministry of Presence in Haiti and will provide lodging for short-term volunteers. We are conducting a capital campaign to raise funds to cover the costs of this project. Please pray for its success. Blessed Mary Angela, intercede for us.

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God of love and hope, remember your people at this time of transition.  We yearn for reconciliation and unity with each other.

Especially the ones most in need of healing, health and friendship