Calcitriol, the active form of vitamin D, is known for its anticancer properties including induction of apoptosis, inhibition of angiogenesis, and metastasis. Calcitriol also increases intracellular calcium triggering apoptosis in a calpain-dependent manner. Since the main storage unit for cellular calcium is endoplasmic reticulum (ER) and a decrease in ER calcium levels might induce ER stress associated cell death, we hypothesized that the cellular actions of calcitriol occur via ER stress. We have evaluated induction of ER stress by assessing BIP expression and XBP-1 splicing in breast cancer cell lines (MCF-7 and MDA-MB-231) and mammary epithelial cell line MCF10A. Our results suggest that cytotoxic concentrations of calcitriol induce an ER stress related response indicated as increased BIP levels and XBP-1 splicing not only in breast cancer cells but also in mammary epithelial cell line. However, vehicle treatment also induced a similar response de-emphasizing the importance of such effect. Calcitriol also failed to activate calpains, further weakening the idea of ER stress as the main mechanism for apoptotic effects of calcitriol. Taken together our results suggest an association between ER stress and vitamin D signaling. However present data indicates that ER stress by itself is not sufficient to explain anticancer properties of calcitriol.