Ever feel like vacation days pass way, way too quickly? We’re about to let you in on a little secret that might help you maximize your 2023 time off.

An analysis carried out by IT staffing firm Frank Recruitment Group shows that a maximum amount of time off work this year is “guaranteed” if you leave for your trip keeping certain bank holidays in perspective.

“Canadian workers can more than double their annual leave this year,” a representative from the firm told Daily Hive in an email. “In 2023, bank holidays create numerous opportunities for Canadians to trade four days of annual vacation for a nine-day break – depending on which province they are living in.”

You can start planning as early as right now. Here’s what you can do, month by month.


Monday, February 20, is Louis Riel Day — a bank holiday in Alberta, BC, Ontario, Manitoba, New Brunswick, PEI, Saskatchewan, and Nova Scotia.

If you live in any of these provinces, book off the rest of that week, you’re only technically taking off four days (Tuesday, February 21 to Friday, February 24).

But truly, you could get nine whole days to vacation — 10, if you leave for your trip on Friday, February 17.


Those based in Newfoundland and Labrador can maximize their vacation if they request off the days running up to St. Patty’s Day on March 17. It’s a Friday.


Good Friday is on April 7 this year, and it’s a federal holiday across the nation. Friday, April 7) creates an opportunity that all of Canada can take advantage of.

“For federal employees and those in federally regulated industries, Easter Monday (Monday, April 10) means the four days even become 10,” Frank Recruitment Group advises. “If they are especially eager for an

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