2019 Calendar of National Days of Social Justice Action and International Solidarity

27 January: International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust


February: Black History Month

4 February: World Cancer Day

6 February: International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation

12 February: Family Day, British Columbia

14 February: Annual Women's Memorial March

14 February: Have a Heart Day for First Nations Children

15 February: National Flag of Canada Day

16 February: Chinese New Year – Year of the Pig

19 February: Family Day - Alberta, Manitoba (Louis Riel Day), Nova Scotia (Heritage Day), Saskatchewan, Ontario, and PEI (Islander Day) 

20 February: World Day of Social Justice

21 February: International Mother Language Day

23 February: Yukon Heritage Day

28 February: Repetitive Strain Injury Day, or RSI Day


8 March: International Women’s Day

20 March: International Day of Francophonie/French Language Day

21 March: International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

21-22 March: UFCW Canada National Council Women and Gender Equity Committee, Toronto

21-22 March: UFCW Canada National Council HRED Committee, Toronto

22 March: World Water Day

24 March: International Day for the Right to Truth concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and the Dignity of Victims

25 March: International Day of the Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade

1-7 April: Global Asbestos Awareness Week

2 April: World Autism Awareness Day

4 April: Refugee Rights Day (anniversary of the Supreme Court’s 1985 Singh decision)

7 April: World Health Day

11 April: International Day of Pink

11 April: Equal Pay Day

22 April: Earth Day

22 April: UFCW Canada National Council meeting, Las Vegas

22-27 April: UFCW International Convention, Las Vegas

24 April: 5th Anniversary of the Rana Plaza tragedy in Bangladesh

28 April: National Day of Mourning for Workers Killed and Injured on the Job; World Day for Safety and Health at Work


May: Asian/South Asian Heritage Month

1 May: International Workers' Day (May Day)

3 May: World Press Freedom Day

13 May: Deadline for UFCW Charity Foundation Scholarship

15 May: International Day of Families

17 May: International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHO)

21 May: World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

June: National Aboriginal History Month

June: PRIDE Events

1 June: Ontario Injured Workers Day

1 June: Global Day of Parents 

4 June: International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression

11 June: National Day of Reconciliation

12 June: World Day Against Child Labour

20 June: World Refugee Day

21 June: National Aboriginal Day

24 June: St Jean Baptiste Day (QC only)

26 June: United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

27 June: Multiculturalism Day (Government of Canada www.pch.gc.ca)


1 July: Canada Day

8-10 July: UFCW Canada Annual National Defence Fund (NDF) Convention, Saskatoon

18 July: Nelson Mandela International Day


4 August: International Beer Day

9 August: International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

12 August: International Youth Day

19 August: World Humanitarian Day

26-31 August: Young Workers Internship Program (YIP), Western Region, Harrison, British Columbia


4 September: Canada Labour Day

8 September: International Literacy Day

15 September: International Day of Democracy

21 September: International Day of Peace

TBA: UFCW Light the Night Walk for Leukemia fundraising, Parc de l'Esplanade, Quebec City

30 September: Deadline for UFCW Canada Beggs-Dowling-Mathieu Scholarships applications


October: Women’s History Month

1 October: International Day of Older Persons

2 October: International Day of Non-Violence

4 October: Sisters in Spirit Vigil – Annual day of observance to honour the lives of missing and murdered aboriginal women and girls

5 October: World Teachers’ Day

10 October: World Mental Health Day

15 October: International Day of Rural Women

16 October: World Food Day

17 October: International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

24 October: United Nations Day


11 November: Remembrance Day

14 November: World Diabetes Day

16 November: International Day for Tolerance

20 November: Universal Children’s Day

22 November: National Housing Day

25 November: International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

25 November –10 December: 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence

26-27 November: UFCW Canada Political Action reception, Ottawa


1 December: World AIDS Day

2 December: International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

3 December: International Day of Persons with Disabilities

5 December: International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development

6 December: National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women

10 December: Human Rights Day

18 December: International Migrants Day

20 December: International Human Solidarity Day

24 December: Remember Injured/Killed Workers, Ontario

31 December: Deadline for UFCW Canada Migrant Workers Scholarship