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Civic Holiday in 2014

In 2014 Civic Holiday is on Monday, August 4.

The Civic Holiday is celebrated on the first Monday of August and it's a public holiday in some provinces and territories. 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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Recent comments:
Posted by Kelly:

It kinda sucks it not being a paid holiday in Alberta on August. 4 . The guys look forward to the extra money. Why is it not a holiday?

Posted by Colleen:

I had always thought Civic Holiday Monday was a stat holiday. It seems rude to give people the day off and then not pay them. This should be a mandated stat holiday like Labour Day is.

Posted by Andrew:

Seeing that the Civic Holiday is not observed as a stat holiday, what would happen if the company I work for chooses to close for that day, do they still need to pay me?

Anonymus:

People ragging on the government...we don't get family day off. :/ boo.

Anonymus:

More jealousy of state employees. If you think they've got it easy, then go to work for the government yourself rather than complain. The real elites love to make the working class turn on itself. Government employees are hardly economic elites. If you are too unskilled to get a government job, that's your fault.

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