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. 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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Employer guy I have my own company and gladly pay my employees for holidays Happy employee = money in my pocket

Posted by aaron:

To the employer guy, if your employees heard you talk about how you don't get paid holidays or vacation days they would probably quit! Sell your business and be one of them then!

Posted by Employer:

I enjoy the comments about how folks should get paid for a civic holiday. As an employer who pays my staff when they stay home on statutory holidays, I say "no ENOUGH is ENOUGH" ! No one pays me for any statutory holidays or vacations days. Thank for volunteering us to pay for more time off but NO!


I have always received both Family Day and the August Civic holidays off working for different employers in Calgary.


In Alberta, you get 9 Stat holidays a year. So, if you get Family Day some companies work the Civich Holiday in August or vise versa. They do NOT have to pay you for both. Some companies will give you both with pay for one of them and your lucky if they pay you for both. If a company chooses to close the Civic Holiday they do not have to pay you if you have received the Family Day statutory day with pay.

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