2020 Calendar of National Days of Social Justice Action and International Solidarity

25 January: Chinese New Year – Year of the Rat

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

14 February: Annual Women's Memorial March

14 February: Have a Heart Day for First Nations Children

15 February: National Flag of Canada Day

17 February: Family Day - Alberta, British Columbia, 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

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

31 March: UFCW Canada National Council Young Workers Committee, Toronto

31 March – 1 April: UFCW Canada National Council Women and Gender Equity Committee, Toronto

1-7 April: Global Asbestos Awareness Week

1 April: UFCW Canada National Council Political and Legislative Affairs Committee, Toronto

2 April: World Autism Awareness Day

2-3 April: UFCW Canada National Council Workplace Rights Committee, Toronto

2-3 April: UFCW Canada National Council HRED Committee, Toronto

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

24 April: 6th 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

3 May: UFCW Canada National Council meeting, Vancouver

4-8 May: The 29th Constitutional Convention of the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC), Vancouver Convention Centre

9-14 May: Youth Internship Program (YIP) Western Region, Vancouver, British Columbia

10 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

2-3 June: 2020 UFCW Indigenous Right Conference and Feast, Ottawa

4-5: UFCW Canada Women's Leadership Conference, Ottawa

4-6 June: CALM Annual Conference, Ramada Plaza, Calgary, Alberta

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

21-25 June: Youth Internship Program (YIP) – Atlantic Region, Halifax, Nova Scotia

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

18 July: Nelson Mandela International Day

20-25 July: Youth Internship Program (YIP) Prairies, Winnipeg, Manitoba

26-29 July: UFCW Canada Annual National Defence Fund (NDF) Convention, Winnipeg


4 August: International Beer Day

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

9-14 August: Youth Internship Program (YIP) Ontario, Toronto

12 August: International Youth Day

19 August: World Humanitarian Day


7 September: Canada Labour Day

8 September: International Literacy Day

15 September: International Day of Democracy

21 September: International Day of Peace

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

14-15 October: UFCW Canada National Council Workplace Rights Committee, Toronto

15 October: International Day of Rural Women

16 October: UFCW Canada National Council Political and Legislative Affairs Committee, Toronto

16 October: World Food Day

17 October: International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

19-20 October: UFCW Canada National Council Women and Gender Equity, Toronto

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

23 October: UFCW Canada National Council Young Workers Committee, Toronto

24 October: United Nations Day


1-4 November: UFCW Canada Member Enagement Conference, Toronto

11 November: Remembrance Day

14 November: World Diabetes Day

16-17 November: UFCW Canada Political Action reception, Ottawa

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


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