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Ontario has nine public holidays. On these days many businesses close, and those that require employees to work must pay their staff 2.5 times their usual wages. Here are the official and unofficial holidays that are recognized in Ontario (Official holidays are in bold print):

  • Saturday, January 1, 2011: New Year’s Day - Shops and businesses are closed, with almost everyone recovering from the previous night’s celebrations.
  • 3rd Monday in February: Family Day - This recently-introduced holiday is still a developing tradition. Most stores are closed as it is an official holiday, but there is still some confusion as to whether staff should have the day off. In 2011, this day will fall on February 21.
  • March 17th: St. Patrick’s Day - Not an official holiday, though many bars hold St. Patrick’s Day specials, and some groups hold St. Patrick’s Day celebrations and parades. This day falls on a Tuesday in 2011, so don't drink too much green beer!
  • Good Friday - While this is an official holiday, there are very few celebrations specific to this day. Most are based around celebrating Easter in general. The date of Good Friday varies from year to year. In 2011, it will celebrated on Friday, …