Civic Holiday in 2016

In 2016 Civic Holiday is on Monday, August 1.

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 Brian:

It's still called Simcoe Day in much of Ontario

Anonymous:

We do the back yard long weekend. Save the hi-way carnage for others. We might even do a Vancouver baseball game on the Sunday prior to the 1st.

Anonymous:

Would people in Ontario be required to work if they are scheduled regardless if it's not a stat holiday?

Posted by Andre:

Please make Civic Holiday in Alberta as a statutory holiday in Alberta. Because it's not recognized as a Stat, I have to work August long wile every one else is enjoying a day off.

Anonymous:

August long weekend in BC IS a Stat Holiday

Anonymous:

for those who complain or think government employees have more holiday days.. government employees do not get family day and public workers do so shouldn't complain about civic holiday really

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