Civic Holiday in 2015

In 2015 Civic Holiday is on Monday, August 3.

The Civic Holiday is celebrated on the first Monday of August and it's a public holiday in some provinces and territories. The civic holiday is not a statutory holiday.

It is known by many names in different provinces and municipalities.

It's called Regatta Day in Newfoundland, Saskatchewan Day in SK, British Columbia Day in BC, Natal Day in Nova Scotia and PEI, Simcoe Day in Toronto, New Brunswick Day in New Brunswick, Colonel By Day in Ottawa, Heritage Day in Alberta and Joseph Brant Day in Burlington, ON. It is called Benjamin Vaughan day in the City of Vaughan, Ontario.

The Civic Holiday is commonly referred to as the August long weekend. It is probably the busiest day on highways as tens of thousands of families go camping, to cottages etc this weekend.

If you can, take Friday off and leave for your holiday on Friday morning or Thursday night and come back Sunday morning or early afternoon to avoid mile-long traffic jams on Monday.

Correction sent in by a visitor: Civic Holiday is not called "Simcoe Day" everywhere in Ontario, only in Toronto. Each municipality that opts to declare the holiday can give it a unique name. It's called the "civic" holiday because it's the holiday that cities have authority to declare.

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Posted by Mary :

There is an error in this article. Regatta Day in the first WEDNESDAY in August and has been for years and years, way before Newfoundland was part of Canada. The first morning of August is not kept.

Posted by Johnathan I.:

For some people holidays are something they take for granted and they spend the days at the mall and in front of the TV. For some, overworked folks - especially in the private sector - holidays are the time to spend quality time with their families. My point is, there are so many people, so many stories, background, social and financial backgrounds - there is no overarching truth or doing things the "right" way. Considering each other's needs and finding a good balance between work and personal time, overtime and unemployment -- it's hard to do. Don't judge each other so quickly. And don't bash government employees please. Maybe they put in less work hours than someone at a private company but they are also people and for the most part, well meaning, good people and they don't deserve the abuse from some self-righteous people who think they are better than others just because they have different holidays.

Posted by Selekia:

Love how the rudest people here don't put their names......big talkers hiding behind their computer

Posted by Steve:

Canada has to many holidays. Ontario especially. I would never set up where fat people want pay to not work

Posted by Db:

Working this holiday monday - least favorite memory - being run over by a car- most favorite memory ' camping with my wife and kids many times and always taking one night to go down to the beach and lie on picnic tables or a blanket on the sand and watch for shooting stars for about 1/2 hrs. There has been some grw st ones!


listen folks if your going to have a child then stop sending it to daycare and actually stay home and take care of the child yourself if you cant take care of your child because you have to work then don't have a child. You cant have your cake and eat t too.

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