Days of Significance

As a Catholic School Board, we recognize that there are many important days specific to individuals/groups, religious and cultural occasions, and celebrations and commemorations. It is important to highlight those days, through communications, in the classroom, the schools, and the district.

Methods of designating special observances include parliamentary, government, and non-governmental initiatives. Parliament holds the authority to pass legislation proclaiming specific days as holidays or officially recognized days. In other cases, it is the government that establishes a national day or observance by way of a proclamation or order in council. The community is then invited to acknowledge these occasions and to educate themselves about the various importance each specific day holds. These occasions are encouraged to be observed in commemoration of an event or to bring public awareness. Most national days, weeks, or months do not have any legal obligations and offer symbolic recognition only, meaning that most days are not deemed legal holidays and are to be recognized by those who choose to participate. With that said, there are recognized days that are legal holidays and collective agreements, or employment contracts may provide for extra days or for days that are to be substituted for those holidays. We have also provided many significant days reflective of our Catholic faith.  To access all days, please visit this year’s liturgical calendar.

Since there are many special days observed in Canada, and since there is no central authority responsible for them, the days provided should be seen as a useful guide but not a comprehensive list of every special day observed. This list is not meant to be comprehensive of every possible day of recognition or significance. If you discover errors or suggested additions, please email


Child Abuse Prevention Month
Earth Month
Financial Literacy Month
Hispanic Heritage Month
Latin-America History Month
Sikh Heritage Month
World Autism Month

Easter Monday – Apr. 1
World Autism Awareness Day – Apr.2
World Health Day – Apr. 7
Divine Mercy Sunday – Apr. 7
New Year/Vasant Navratri Begins – Apr. 9
Vimy Ridge Day – Apr. 9
Eid-ul-Fitr – Apr. 9-10
Memorial of St. Stanislaus – April 11
Vaisakhi – Apr. 13
National Volunteer Week – Apr.14-20
Memorial of St. Kateri Tekakwitha – Apr. 17
Pesach – Apr. 22-30
Earth Day – Apr. 22
Administrative Professionals Day – Apr. 24
Feast of St. Mark the Evangelist – Apr. 25
National Day of Mourning – Apr. 28
World Day for Safety and Health at Work – Apr. 28
Memorial of St. Catherine of Siena – Apr. 29
Memorial of St. Marie De L’Incarnation – Apr. 30


Asian Heritage Month
Canadian Jewish Heritage Month
Dutch Heritage Month
Polish Heritage Month
Sexual Assault and Awareness Prevention Month
South Asian Heritage Month
Speech and Hearing Month

National First Responder’s Day – May 1
National Principal’s and Vice-Principal’s Day – May 1
Memorial of St. Joseph the Worker – May 1
Memorial of St. Athanasius – May 2
Feast of St. Philip and St. James – May 3
Yom Hashoah – May 4-5
Missing And Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW)/Red Dress Day – May 5
Catholic Education Week – May 5-10
Memorial of St. Francois De Laval – May 6
Mental Health Week – May 6-10
Safety and Health Week – May 6-11
World Catholic Education Day – May 9
World Communications Day – May 12
Mother’s Day – May 12
Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord – May 12
National Police Week – May 12-18
Memorial of Our Lady of Fatima – May 13
Feast of St. Matthias – May 14
International Day of Families – May 15
World Education Support Personnel Day – May 16
Pentecost Sunday – May 19
Laudato Si’ Week Laudato Si’ Week – May 19-26
Victoria Day – May 20
Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church – May 20
Ontario Flag Day – May 21
Vesak/Buddha Day – May 23
Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity – May 26
Feast of St. Joan of Arc – May 30
Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ – May 30
Feast of The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary – May 31


Filipino Heritage Month
Italian Heritage Month
National Indigenous History Month
Portuguese History and Heritage Month
Pride Month

Memorial of St. Justin – June 1
Memorial of St. Charles Lwanga and Companions – June 3
Memorial of St. Boniface – June 5
World Environment Day – June 5
Memorial of St. Barnabas – June 11
Shavuot – June 11-13
Memorial of St. Anthony of Padua – June 13
Eid al-Adha – June 16
Juneteenth – June 19
Father’s Day – June 16
World Refugee Day – June 20
Memorial of St. Aloysius Gonzaga – June 21
National Indigenous Peoples Day – June 21
National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism – June 23
Solemnity of The Nativity of St. John the Baptist – June 24
Solemnity of The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus – June 8
Memorial of The Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary – June 8
Somali Heritage Week – Jun. 25 – July 1
Canadian Multiculturalism Day – Jun. 27
Memorial of St. Irenaeus – June 28
Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul, Apostles – June 29
Graduate Message – June 29
Last day of the school year – June 30

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