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 November include:
- Entrepreneurship Month
- Philanthropy Day on November 15th
- Global Entrepreneurship Week November 17th-23rd
- Entrepreneurship Day on November 18th
- Women’s Entrepreneurship Day on the 19th
- Small Business Saturday on the 29th
- Computer Security Day on November 30th
4-H Month – 4-H Canada
ASPCA Adopt A Senior Pet Month
Adopt A Turkey Month
Adoption Awareness Month – British Columbia.
Aids Awareness Month
Alzheimer’s Disease Month
Aviation History Month
Banana Pudding Lovers Month
Crohn’s Disease and Colitis Awareness Month – Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada.
Diabetic Eye Disease Month
Diabetes Month – Canadian Diabetes Association.
Epilepsy Awareness Month
Family Literacy Month
Family Violence Prevention Month – Alberta.
Gluten-Free Diet Awareness Month
Healthy Skin Month
Home Care & Hospice Month
Incontinence Awareness Month – Canadian Continence Foundation.
Inspirational Role Models Month
Long-term Care Awareness Month
Lung Cancer Awareness Month – Lung Cancer Canada.
Manatee Awareness Month
Memoir Writing Month
Movember – Movember Canada.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Tie One On For Safety Holiday Campaign – Runs November 16th to December 31st.
National Amaryllis Month – Huntington Society of Canada.
National Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Awareness Month – Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.
National Community Safety and Crime Prevention Campaign – Canada Safety Council.
National Eczema Awareness Month
National Lung Month
Novel Writing Month
Osteoporosis Month – Osteoporosis Society of Canada.
Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month – Pancreatic Cancer Canada.
Peanut Butter Lovers Month
Pet Cancer Awareness Month
Pet Diabetes Month
Prematurity Awareness Month
Pulmonary Hypertension Awareness Month – PHA Canada.
Runaway Prevention Month
Senior Pet Month
Stomach Cancer Awareness Month
Wishbones for Pets – Petsitters fundraising for pet charities. More info at Wishbonesforpets.com.
Woman Abuse Prevention Month – Ontario Ministry of Citizenship.
World Vegan Month
Worldwide Bereaved Siblings Month
World Sponge Month
World Quality Month – http://asq.org/world-quality-month/
November, 2014 “Weeks”
National Down Syndrome Awareness Week 1st-7th – Canadian Down Syndrome Society.
Fig Week 1st-7th
World Communication Week 1st-7th
Cat Week 1st-7th
National Pain Awareness Week 2nd-8th – Canadian Pain Coalition.
Medical Radiation Technologists Awareness Week 2nd-8th – Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists.
Drowsy Driving Prevention Week 2nd-9th
Give Wildlife A Brake Week 3rd-7th
Animal Shelter/Rescue Appreciation Week 2nd-8th
National Family Caregiver Week 3rd-9th
USDA Bird Health Awareness Week 3rd-9th
Family Doctor Week 4th-9th
Veterans’ Week 5th-11th – Veterans’ Affairs Canada.
National Seniors’ Safety Week 6th-12th – Canada Safety Council.
Dear Santa Letter Week 7th-13th
Canadian Hockey Week 8th-15th – Canadian Hockey Association.
Farm Week 9th-15th
Geography Awareness Week 9th-15th
World Kindness Week 10th-16th
Donor Sabath 14th-16th
Hunger & Homeless Awareness Week 15th-23rd
Bullying Awareness Week 16th-22nd – Bullying.org
National Marfan Awareness Week 16th-22nd – Canadian Marfan Association.
International Fraud Awareness Week 16th-22nd
Restorative Justice Week 16th-23rd – Correctional Service Canada.
Book Awards Week 17th-21st
National Addiction Awareness Week 17th-23rd – Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse.
Global Entrepreneurship Week 17th-23rd
Antibiotic Awareness Week 17th-23rd
Puppy Mill Action Week 23rd-29th
Game & Puzzle Week 23rd-29th
Bible Week 23rd-30th
National Home Fire Safety Week 24th-30th
White Ribbon Campaign 25th – December 6th – Men against men’s violence against women
Deal Week 26th-December 3rd
November, 2014 “Days”
All Saints’ Day
Extra Mile Day
Family Caregiver Day
Family Literacy Day
Go Cook For Your Pets Day
International Sturge Weber Syndrome Awareness Day
Prime Meridian Day
Sadie Hawkins Day
Digital Scrapbooking Day
World Vegan Day
All Souls’ Day
Daylight Saving Time Ends
Deviled Egg Day
International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists
Plan Your Epitaph Day
Zero Tasking Day
Fill Our Staplers Day
Traffic Directors Day
Job Action Day
Use Your Common Sense Day
Stress Awareness Day
International Volunteer Manager Appreciation Day
World Anti-whaling Day
International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War & Armed Conflict
Men Make Dinner Day
Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day
Hug a Bear Day
Abet and Aid Punsters Day
Cook Something Bold and Pungent Day
World Freedom Day
International Tongue Twister Day
Chaos Never Dies Day
Area Code Day
Sesame Street Day
Microsoft Windows Day
World Orphans Day
World Science Day for Peace and Development
Fancy Rat & Mouse Day
World Architecture Day
World Pneumonia Day
World Kindness Day
International Girls Day
Loosen Up, Lighten Up Day
Spicy Guacamole Day
Operating Room Nurse Day
Spirit of NSA (National Speakers Association)
World Diabetes Day
International PEN Day of the Imprisoned Writer – PEN Canada.
I Love to Write Day
Bundt (Pan) Day
Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day
Day of Play
Day of Play
Guinness World Record Day
Rock Your Mocs Day
International Day for Tolerance
World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims
Homemade Bread Day
International Student Day
Black Cat Day
Take a Hike Day
World Prematurity Awareness Day
Mickey Mouse Day
Push-button Phone Day
World Day for Prevention of Abuse and Violence against Children – Women’s World Summit Foundation.
World COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) Day
Equal Opportunity Day / Gettysburg Address Day
Geographic Information Systems Day
Have A Bad Day Day
International Men’s Day
Rocky and Bullwinkle Day
Women’s Entrepreneurship Day
World Toilet Day
Sir Wilfrid Laurier Day
African Industrialization Day
Globally Organized Hug A Runner Day (G.O.H.A.R.D.)
Name Your PC Day
Peanut Butter Fudge Day
Universal Children’s Day
National Child Day
Use Less Stuff Day
National Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims – Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators.
World Hello Day
World Television Day
Go for a Ride Day
Humane Society Anniversary
Family Volunteer Day
International Aura Awareness Day
Survivors of Suicide Day
Doctor Who Day
International Image Consultant Day
Mother Goose Day
Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day
International Day For the Elimination of Violence Against Women
International Hat Day
Shopping Reminder Day
Day of Listening
Pins & Needles Day
Turkey-free Thanksgiving Day
Turtle Adoption Day
Buy Nothing Day
Day of Listening
French Toast Day
Systems Engineer Day
Electronic Greeting Day
International Day of Solidarity With The Palestinian People
Day of Giving
Small Business Saturday
Square Dancing Day
First Sunday of Advent (Western)
Computer Security Day
Stay Home Because You’re Well Day
Please let us know if we’ve missed any observances or holidays celebrated in Canada, from the weird to the wonderful.
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