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’s 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


Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation – Sept. 1
Labour Day – Sept. 4
Back to School! -Sept. 5
St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta – Sept. 5
Ukrainian Heritage Day – Sept. 7
Mennonite Heritage Week Sept. – 11-15
The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Sept. 8
International Literacy Day – Sept. 8
Firefighters’ National Memorial Day – Sept. 10
Memorial of St. John Chrysostom – Sept. 13
The Exaltation of the Holy Cross – Sept. 14
Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows – Sept. 15
Memorial of St. Cornelius and St. Cyprian – Sept. 16
Yom Kippur (Sept/Oct) – Sept. 24-25
Powley Day – Sept. 19
National Terry Fox Run Day – Sept. 17
Memorial of St. Andrew Kim Tae-Gon, Paul Chong Ha-Sang and Companions – Sept. 20
Deaf Awareness Week – Sept. 19-25
Sukkot (Sept/Oct) – Sept 29-Oct.6
International IT Professionals’ Day – Sept 20
International Day of Peace – Sept. 21
Feast of St. Matthew the Apostle – Sept. 21
Memorial of St. Pius of Pietrelcina – Sept. 23
International Day of Sign Languages – Sept 23
Franco Ontarian Day – Sept. 25
Police & Peace Officers’ National Memorial Day – Sept. 25
Rosh Hashanah (Sept/Oct) – Sept.15-17
Human Resource Professional Day – Sept. 26
Feast of St. Jean De Brebeuf and St. Isaac Jogues – Sept. 26
Memorial of St. Vincent de Paul – Sept. 27
Sukkot(Sept/Oct) – Sept.29-Oct.6
Rowan’s Law Day Sept. – Sept. 27
Feast of St. Michael, St. Gabriel, St. Raphael – Sept. 29
Memorial of St. Jerome – Sept. 30
National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (Orange Shirt Day) – Sept. 30