Boxing Day in Canada

In 2017 Boxing Day is on Tuesday, December 26th.

Boxing Day is a day after Christmas Day. It is called "Boxing Day" because - starting in medieval Britain - servants had a day off and would receive a gift box on this day.

I think Boxing Day should be a quiet day spent with family. There are plenty of shopping days in the year to spend your money but your kids grow up too fast.Anonymous visitor comment

There are many other explanations and theories about the origin of this day - which explanation do you favour?

Is Boxing Day a stat holiday?

Our readers often ask and leave comments to find out whether Boxing Day is a statutory holiday. It is a provincial stat holiday in Ontario only - in other provinces and territories it's not a statutory holiday. It is, however, a stat holiday for federally regulated workers and banks across the country.

Retail stores will open early on Boxing Day and you can expect large discounts and large crowds. If you don't like large crowds and parking lot battles then try shopping on the 27th - the majority of stores will still have discounts and a good selection of merchandise to choose from.

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Recent comments
Anonymous:

I read all the comments for all holidays.Very interesting info. Unfortunately it seems that the comments/stories are listed in reverse orders, i.e. newest first and oldest last. It would be nice if the people managing this site could set it up so the the oldest messages/ storied appears from oldest to newest, that way we do not red answers first without knowin the questions.

Posted by mike :

i live in California , and reading this makes me laugh, congrats to that proposal story and for those that complain about a holiday , relax!! lol , those business owners that cant afford the $5000 you lose in one day off, maybe you can raise your price or change some business aspects and try to profit more

Anonymous:

Ontario does not get Remembrance Day as a STAT. We in BC do. STAT holidays have some variance in all the provinces and territories. See: http://www.statutoryholidays.com/

Posted by shawn:

may I ask why the only people to get paid for boxing day besides government workers are in Ontario why is this not a paid stat every where else do we not have the same rights as our co workers in Ontario or is this another way of telling the rest of the country that people in the capital province deserve it and we don't,

Posted by Edith Colpitts:

Actually Ontario is the only province in Canada where Boxing Day is a stat. Holiday.


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