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Mark Your Calendars – 2020 Winter Holidays

Nov 18, 2020 1:42:31 PM
By The TPD Team



Winter is fast approaching, bringing with it a host of statutory holidays in Canada and public holidays in the United States. While this winter season will certainly be different than those in the past due to COVID-19, organizations should still anticipate vacation requests from employees (whether they are working remotely or socially distanced onsite) looking to mark the holidays – even if that means staying home to spend time with loved ones, rather than traveling to far-flung destinations. 


At the same time, employers are sure to face an uptick in unplanned absences related to both COVID-19 and seasonal flu, making it crucial to think ahead about strategies to keep business moving forward amid the staffing challenges that the season may present.


Statutory Holidays in Canada, Winter 2020

First on the list of winter holidays in Canada is Christmas Day, which falls on Friday, Dec. 25, 2020. Christmas Day is observed throughout Canada, and many employees seek time off in the days before and after this holiday.


On Saturday, Dec. 26., 2020, comes Boxing Day, a stat holiday for federally regulated workers in Canada, as well as some provinces and territories. Employees who don’t fall into those groups, however, often request this day off.


New Year’s Day comes on Friday, Jan. 1, 2021. Like Christmas Day, employees often request time off in the days before and after this holiday.


The last stat holiday of the winter season is Family Day, which is observed on Monday, Feb. 15, 2021, in Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia.



 Date Observed

 Region Observed

 Christmas Day

 Dec. 25, 2020


 Boxing Day

 Dec. 26, 2020


 New Year’s Day

 Jan. 1, 2020


 Day After New Year’s Day

 Jan. 2, 2020


 Family Day

 Feb. 15, 2020



Public Holidays in the United States, Winter 2020

In the US, the first public holiday of winter is Thanksgiving, which falls on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020. Many organizations give their employees this day off, and employees often request days before and after Thanksgiving to stretch their holiday celebration.


Many time-off requests also are made in the days before and after Christmas (Dec. 25) and New Year’s Day (Jan. 1), which come second and third on the list of winter holidays in the US.


Martin Luther King Jr. Day is observed on Monday, January 18, 2021. The holiday was established to honor Martin Luther King Jr., a leader in the Civil Rights Movement in the US.


The majority of U.S. states will observe President’s Day on Monday, Feb. 15, 2021. The was established to celebrate the birthday of George Washington, the first US president. In some states, it honors both Washington and Abraham Lincoln, who was president during the US Civil War.



 Date Observed

 Region Observed


 Nov. 26, 2020


 Christmas Day

 Dec. 25, 2020


 New Year’s Day

 Jan.1, 2021


 Martin Luther King Jr. Day

 Jan. 18, 2021


 Lincoln’s Birthday

 Feb. 12, 2021

 Only states: CT, IL,  MO, NY

 President’s Day

 Feb. 15, 2021

 All states except DE, FL, GA, IN, IA,   KS, KY, LA, NM, NC, OH, RI and WI

 Shrove Tuesday/Mardi Gras

 Feb. 16, 2021

 Only states: AL, FL, LA, MS


Don’t let planned or unplanned employee absences disrupt your business this winter. TPD’s extensive talent network spans many industries, and we are able to rapidly deploy temporary staffing to meet your needs. Contact us today!


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