A Canadian holidays and observances calendar is a useful tool for marketing or for inspiring blog post, newsletter content and social media ideas. Traditional holidays have been joined by many observances in Canada and Internationally, all of which now enjoy more exposure via the Internet. Combined with famous Canadian birthdays and historical events, there is no shortage of inspiration. As a bonus, you may come up in searches for the holiday or observance in question.

Canadians Internet Business publishes a calendar of holidays and observances for Canadians each month. This calendar includes Canadian and International holidays and observances, from the official, to the charitable, and on to the strange and unusual. Many of the observances have spilled into Canada from other countries to become virtually universal in their celebration.

Numerous holidays and observances are marketable to virtually all Canadians, while others will be more useful to certain sectors and topical websites. We’ve included food day observances for those in the grocery, baking and farming industries, for example.

A few of the more universal business-related observances in October include:

  • Fair Trade Month
  • Healthy Workplace Month
  • Manufacturing Month
  • Investor Education Month
  • Ergonomics Month
  • Cyber Security Awareness Month
  • Workplace Politics Awareness Month
  • International Strategic Planning Month
  • Small Business Week from the 19th to the 25th
  • Improve Your Office Day on the 4th
  • Techie’s Day on the 6th
  • Support Your Local Chamber of Commerce Day on the 15th
  • Information Overload Day on the 15th
  • Get to Know Your Customers Day on the 16th
  • Department Store Day on the 16th
  • Spreadsheet Day on the 17th
  • Cranky Co-workers Day on the 27th
  • International Day on the 29th

October Marketable Holidays & Observances (Canadian & Global)

October is…

Adopt A Dog Month
Adopt A Shelter Dog Month
AIDS Awareness Month
Animal Safety and Protection Month
Arts & Humanities Month
Audiology Awareness Month
Autism Awareness Month – Autism Society of Canada.
Antidepressant Death Awareness Month
Apple Month
Bake and Decorate Month
Bat Appreciation Month
Book Month
Breast Cancer Awareness Month – Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.
Bullying Prevention Month
Brain Tumour Awareness Month – Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada.
Caffeine Addiction Recovery Month
Canada Library Month – Canadian Library Association.
Car Safety Month – Car Care Canada.
Caramel Month
Celiac Disease Awareness Month
Child Abuse Awareness Month – Canadian Red Cross.
Chili Month
Chiropractic Health Month
Church Safety and Security Month
Class Reunion Month
Cookbook Month
Co-op Awareness Month
Community Support Month (Ontario) – Ontario Community Support Association.
Country Music Month
Crime Prevention Month
Critical Illness Awareness Month
Cut Out Dissection Month
Cyber Security Awareness Month
Dental Hygiene Month
Depression Education & Awareness Month
Disability Employment Awareness Month (Manitoba)
Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Down Syndrome Awareness Month
Dyslexia Awareness Month
Eat Better, Eat Together Month
Emotional Intelligence Awareness Month
Emotional Wellness Month
Employee Ownership Month
Ergonomics Month
Eye Injury Prevention Month
Fair Trade Month
Financial Planning Month
Feral Hog Month
Flu Shot: Influenza Immunization Awareness Month
Foster Family Month (British Columbia) – Ministry of Children and Family Development.
Global ADHD Awareness Month
Global Diversity Awareness Month
Go On A Field Trip Month
Halloween Safety Month
Head Start Awareness Month
Health Literacy Month
Healthy Workplace Month
Home Eye Safety Month
International Augmentative and Alternative Communication Awareness Month
International Starman Month
International Strategic Planning Month
International Walk To School Month
Investor Education Month – Canadian Securities Administrators.
Kitchen & Bath Month
Learning Disabilities Awareness Month – Learning Disabilities Association of Canada.
Liver Awareness Month
Long Term Care Planning Month
Lupus Awareness Month – Lupus Canada.
Manufacturing Month
Month of Free Thought
Organize Your Medical Information Month
Breast Cancer Awareness Month CanadaOrthodontic Health Month
Physical Therapy Month
Popcorn Popping Month
Pork Month
Pet Wellness Month
Photographer Appreciation Month
Pizza Month
Positive Attitude Month
Protect Your Hearing Month
Raptor Month
Reading Group Month
Rett Syndrome Awareness Month
Right Brainers Rule Month
Roller Skating Month
Sarcastic Awareness Month
Sausage Month
Seafood Month
Self-Promotion Month
Spina Bifida Awareness Month
Spinach Lovers Month
Squirrel Awareness Month
Stamp Collecting Month
Stop Bullying Month
Substance Abuse Prevention Month
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month – Canadian Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths.
Talk About Prescriptions Month
Vegetarian Month
Women’s History Month – Status of Women Canada.
Wishbones for Pets Month – October 15th to November 30th.
Women Walking In Their Own Shoes Month
Work and Family Month
Workplace Politics Awareness Month
World Animal Month
World Blindness Awareness Month
World Menopause Month

October 2014 “Weeks”

World Breastfeeding Week 1st-7th
Animal Welfare Week / Be Kind to Animals Week 1st-7th
Walk Your Dog Week 1st-7th
Universal Children’s Week 1st-7th
No Salt Week 3rd-10th
Fall Astronomy Week 4th-11th
World Space Week 4th-10th
World Animal Week 4th-10th
Emergency Nurses Week 5th-1st
Fire Prevention Week 5th-11th – Fire Prevention Canada
International Post Card Week 5th-11th
Great Books Week 5th-11th
Mental Illness Awareness Week 5th-11th
Mystery Series Week 5th-11th
Carry A Tune Week 5th-11th
Midwifery Week 5th-11th
Work From Home Week 5th-11th
Nuclear Medicine Week 5th-11th
Customer Service Week 6th-10th
Kids’ Goal Setting Week 6th-10th
National Family Week 6th-12th – Canadian Association of Family Resource Programs.
Drive Safely Work Week 6th-12th
Financial Planning Week 6th-12th
Health Care Food Service Week 6th-12th
Metric Week 6th-12th
Physicians Assistant Week 6th-12th
Spinning & Weaving Week 6th-12th
Walk Your Dog Week 6th-12th
World Dairy Expo 7th-12th
Succoth 9th-15th
Take Your Medicine Americans Week 10th-16th
National Cooperative Week 12th-18th – Canadian Co-operative Association.
National Occupational Therapy Week 12th-18th – Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists.
Earth Science Week 12th-18th
Getting The World To Beat A Path To Your Door Week 12th-18th
Chestnut Week 12th-18th
Food Bank Week 12th-18th
Teen Read Week 12th-18th
Veterinary Technicians Week 12th-18th
YWCA Week Without Violence 12th-18th
World Rainforest Week 12th-18th
Bone & Joint Health Awareness Week 12th-20th
School Lunch Week 13th-17th
YWCA Week Without Violence 13th-17th
Citizenship Week 13th-19th – Citizenship and Immigration Canada
National School Safety Week 17th-23rd – Canada Safety Council
Small Business Week 19th-25th – BDC.ca
Foster Family Week 19th-25th – Canadian Foster Family Association.
Ontario Dental Hygiene Week 19th-25th – Ontario Dental Hygienists’ Association.
Ontario Library Week 19th-25th – Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport.
National Block Parents Week 19th-25th – Block Parent Program of Canada
Bullying Bystanders Unite Week 19th-25th
Freedom From Bullies Week 19th-25th
International Infection Prevention Week 19th-25th
Mediation Week 19th-25th
Primate Liberation Week 19th-25th
Character Counts Week 19th-25th
Chemistry Week 19th-25th
Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week 19th-25th
Forest Products Week 19th-25th
Friends of Libraries Week 19th-25th
Hospital and Health-System Pharmacy Week 19th-25th
Lead Poisoning Prevention Week 19th-25th
Massage Therapy Week 19th-25th
Respiratory Care Week 19th-25th
Respiratory Therapists Week 19th-25th – Canadian Society of Respiratory Therapists.
Save For Retirement Week 19th-25th
Pastoral Care Week 19th-25th
Red Ribbon Week 19th-25th
Veterinary Technician Week 19th-25th
World Rainforest Week 19th-25th
Wolf Awareness Week 19th-25th
National YWCA Week Without Violence 19th-25th
National Infection Control Week 20th-24th
Freedom of Speech Week 20th-26th
International Disarmament Week 24th-30th
Medical Assistants Recognition Week 20th-24th
Health Education Week 20th-24th
Nuclear Science Week 20th-24th
School Bus Safety Week 20th-24th
Waste Reduction Week 20th-26th – Waste Reduction Week Canada.
Give Wildlife a Brake Week October 26th – November 1st
Kids Care Week October 26th – November 1st
Canadian Patient Safety Week 27th-31st
Infertility Awareness Week October 27th – November 2nd
Canadian Intensive Care Week October 28th – November 3rd

October 2014 “Days”

1st
World Vegetarian Day
National Seniors Day
International Day of Older Persons
International Music Day
Balloons Around The World Day
CD Player Day
Fire Pup Day
Model T Day
Walk Your Dog Day

2nd
International Day of Non-violence
International Wrongful Conviction Day – Association in Defense of the Wrongfully Convicted.
Guardian Angels Day
Poetry Day
Custodial Workers Day
World Farm Animals Day

3rd
Borderline Personality Disorder Awareness Day
Butterfly and Hummingbird Day
Lee’s Jeans Denim Day
World Smile Day
Boyfriend’s Day
Yom Kippur
Virus Appreciation Day – A time to consider the genius behind computer or biological viruses (but I think “appreciation” is asking a bit much ;-)).

4th
World Animal Day 4
World Pet Day / Blessing of The Animals Day
World Card Making Day
Cephalopod Awareness Day
Fall Astronomy Day
Improve Your Office Day
Cinnamon Roll Day
Taco Day
Ship in A Bottle Day
Ten-Four Day
Vodka Day
Feast of St Francis of Assisi

5th
World Communion Day
World Teachers Day
International African Diaspora Day
International Day of No Prostitution
International Blessings of The Fishing Fleet Day
Change A Light Day
Country Inn Bed & Breakfast Day

6th
World Habitat Day
World Day of Bullying Prevention / Blue Shirt Day – stompoutbullying.org
World Day of Architecture
Child Health Day
Physician’s Assistant Day
Ecological Debt Day – How much do you owe the earth at the end of each day?
Mad Hatter Day
Techie’s Day

7th
You Matter To Me Day
Bathtub Day
Frappe Day

8th
World Hospice and Palliative Care Day
World Octopus Day
International Top Spinning Day
Emergency Nurses Day
Bring Your Teddy Bear To Work/School Day
Pet Obesity Awareness Day
Walk To School Day

9th
World Post Day
World Sight Day
Depression Screening Day
Curious Events Day – Ponder the why & how of everything.
Pro-Life Cupcake Day
Fire Prevention Day
Moldy Cheese Day

10th
World Homeless Day
World Mental Health Day
World Day Against The Death Penalty
World Egg Day
World Porridge Day
International Newspaper Carrier Day
International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction
Handbag Day
Hug a Drummer Day

11th
International Day of The Girl
Universal Music Day
Costume Swap Day
Family Bowling Day
Southern Food Heritage Day
Food Truck Day

12th
World Arthritis Day
International Day for Disaster Reduction
International Moment of Frustration Scream Day
Ministry Appreciation Day
Free Thought Day
Old Farmer’s Day

13th
Canadian Thanksgiving Day
International Day for Failure
International African Penguin Awareness Day
Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day
English Language Day
Kick Butt Day
Yorkshire Pudding Day

14th
Face Your Fears Day
Be Bald and Be Free Day
Spider-Man Day

15th
International Idic15 Awareness Day – Idic15AwarenessDay.ca.
International Day of Rural Women
Global Dignity Day
Hagfish Day
Information Overload Day
I Love Lucy Day
Fossil Day
Take Your Parents To Lunch Day
Grouch Day
Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day
Support Your Local Chamber of Commerce Day
White Cane Safety Day

16th
World Food Day
World Spine Day
International Credit Union Day
Boss’s Day
Feral Cat Day
Conflict Resolution Day
Department Store Day
Dictionary Day – Webster’s
Get to Know Your Customers Day
Get Smart About Credit Day
Steve Jobs Day
Spirit Day

17th
International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
World Student Day
Alternative Fuel Day
Mulligan Day – A day for second chances.
Pasta Day
Mammography Day
Spreadsheet Day
Wear Something Gaudy Day

18th
Person’s Day – Status of Women Canada
World Menopause Day
Sweetest Day
No Beard Day
Bridge Day
Chocolate Cupcake Day

19th
World Toy Camera Day
Sunday School Teacher Appreciation Day
Evaluate Your Life Day

20th
Lung Health Day
Brandied Fruit Day
Clean Your Virtual Desktop Day

21st
Global Iodine Deficiency Disorder Prevention Day
Celebration of The Mind Day
Count Your Buttons Day
Apple Day
Reptile Awareness Day

22nd
International Stuttering Awareness Day
Medical Assistants Recognition Day
Caps Locks Day
Nut Day
Smart is Cool Day

23rd
Diwali
Pharmacy Technician Day
TV Talk Show Host Day
Ipod Day
Mole Day

24th
United Nations Day
World Development Information Day
Food Day
Wear It Pink Day

25th
International Artists Day
Islamic New Year
World Pasta Day
Make A Difference Day
Forgiveness Day
Pit Bull Awareness Day
Punk for a Day Day

26th
Mother-in-Law Day
Privacy Day
Mincemeat Day
Visit A Cemetery Day
Howl at The Moon Night

27th
World Day for Audiovisual Heritage
Cranky Co-workers Day

28th
Animation Day
Chocolates Day
St. Jude’s Day
Stuffed Animal Lovers’ Day

29th
World Psoriasis Day
World Stroke Day
Internet Day
Cat Day

30th
Candy Corn Day
Checklist Day
Mischief Night
Haunted Refrigerator Night

31st
Halloween
UNICEF Day – Make sure you have some change for the trick-or-treaters who are collecting for UNICEF!
International Bandanna Day
Caramel Apple Day
Beggars’ Night
Frankenstein Friday
Girl Scout Founder’s Day
Breadstix Day
Knock-Knock Jokes Day
Magic Day

Comment on Canadians Internet BusinessPlease let us know if we’ve missed any observances or holidays celebrated in Canada, from the weird to the wonderful.

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2 Responses to "October Marketable Holidays & Observances (Canadian & Global) ©"

  1. Kerry Carey  October 8, 2014

    Thanks for doing this again this month!

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  2. Raymond  October 7, 2014

    Holy moly that’s a busy month Mel! 😀

    Reply

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