Holidays offer a well-deserved break from work; a chance to spend time with family and friends or observe festive and historic traditions. But a holiday can hamper your banking plans when your bank is closed on your day off. How can you bank on your schedule?
The wonders of technology have made banking easier than ever. Even on a bank holiday, you can always log in to online banking or your mobile app.
If you’d rather speak to us or stop by one of our branches, you may need to plan in advance. Here’s a full list of every holiday we have observed or will observe in 2021. We hope this helps you bank simpler!
New Year’s Day (Friday, January 1)
Our advice centres/branches and call centres are closed on New Year’s Day.
Canada observes New Year’s Day as a holiday. What a perfect day to start with your new financial resolutions!
Fun Fact: While we celebrate New Year’s Day on January 1, many cultures observe New Year’s Day at different points of the year too.
Family Day (Monday, February 15)
Our advice centres/branches and call centre are closed on Family Day. Our call centre is also closed on Sunday, February 14.
Many provinces observe Family Day as a holiday. First observed in 2007, this special holiday lets us spend time with our families and loved ones. Some provinces add special meaning to the day by celebrating their heritage, notable people, and events.
Fun Fact: Former Saskatchewan Premier Lorne Calvert introduced Family Day to provide a break between New Year’s Day and Good Friday.
Good Friday (Friday, April 2):
Our advice centres/branches and call centre are closed on Good Friday.
Good Friday falls on the Friday right before Easter Sunday. It is a public holiday across the country. Most organizations and schools remain closed on this day.
Fun Fact: There are many different theories behind the name ‘Good Friday’. Some suggest the day gets its name from ‘God’s Friday’, being a holy day. Others point to Christians believing that the day is a ‘good’ day as it marks Jesus’ sacrifice to redeem mankind’s sins.
Victoria Day (Monday, May 24):
Our advice centres/branches are closed on Victoria Day. Our call centre however is open both Sunday, May 23 and Monday, May 24.
Victoria Day falls on the Monday right before May 25. It is a holiday throughout the country (except in New Brunswick). We observe Victoria Day to honour Queen Victoria’s birthday. She was one of the longest-reigning British monarchs. This day is also one of the oldest non-religious holidays in the country.
Fun Fact: Since Victoria Day always falls on a Monday, it creates a long weekend. As a result, many people call it May Long or May Run.
Canada Day (Thursday, July 1)
Our advice centres/branches and call centres are closed on Canada Day.
Canada Day, which falls on a Thursday this year, is our country’s national day. It celebrates the anniversary of the Canadian confederation, first signed on July 1, 1987.
Fun Fact: Canada Day used to be called Dominion Day.
Saskatchewan Day (Monday, August 2)
Our advice centres/branches and call centre are closed on Saskatchewan Day. Our call centre is also closed on May 23.
We observe Saskatchewan Day on the first Monday of every August. It’s a unique holiday because it does not mark a religious or historic occasion. Instead, it is a day for people to spend time with their loved ones and enjoy the short-lived days of summer. First established in 1875, we still observe this holiday to date. It gifts us with a wonderful long weekend in August.
Fun Fact: Saskatchewan Day is often called Civic Day, but has a range of names all over the country. For example, it’s called Heritage Day in Alberta, Natal Day in Nova Scotia, Terry Fox Day in Manitoba, and New Brunswick Day in…you guessed it…New Brunswick.
Labour Day (Monday, September 6)
Our advice centres/branches and Call centre are closed on Labour Day. Our call centre is also closed Sunday, September 5.
We celebrate Labour Day on the first Monday of September every year. It is a major national holiday we observe across the country. Labour Day also marks the last long weekend of the summer season.
Fun Fact: Football fans eagerly await Labour Day weekend for the Canadian Football League’s Labour Day Classic.
Thanksgiving (Monday, October 11)
Our advice centres/branches and call centre are closed on Thanksgiving. Our call centre is also closed on Sunday, October 10.
We celebrate Thanksgiving on the second Monday of October. As the name suggests, the day is set aside to give thanks for all the good things that happened in the year. Traditionally, we give thanks for a successful harvest. But, the credit for the holiday also goes to Martin Frobisher. He was an English explorer who held a thanksgiving ceremony to mark a successful voyage.
Fun Fact: The US Thanksgiving holiday was established 43 years after Canadian Thanksgiving.
Remembrance Day (Thursday, November 11)
Our advice centres/branches and call centre are closed on Remembrance Day.
Remembrance Day falls on November 11 every year. It marks the end of World War I and commemorates all our countrymen who fought in the First World War. It also honours all those who continue to serve our national interest and peace efforts.
Interesting Fact: The Royal Canadian Legion sells replicas of red poppies to mark the day. All sale proceeds of these Remembrance Day symbols go towards supporting veterans.
Christmas (Friday, December 24 – Monday, December 27)
Our advice centres/branches are closed December 24th to 27th and December 31st to January 1st. Our call centre will be open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. December 24th, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. December 27th, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. December 31st.
Christmas is one of the most widely celebrated holidays in the world. We observe the main festivities and traditions on Christmas Eve (December 24) and Christmas Day (December 25). But as Christmas Day falls on a Saturday this year, Monday, December 27 is a holiday too. (You could say we’re staying true to the generous Christmas Spirit.)
Fun Fact: We celebrate Christmas to mark the birth of Jesus Christ. But many of its traditions such as carol-singing and the Christmas Feast are from the pre-Christian era.
While online banking is a great option during a holiday, you can enjoy its ease and convenience every day of the year. Haven’t set yours up yet? Get the Innovation mobile banking app or set up your online banking now.