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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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

Anonymous:

The Civic Holiday is not considered "Regatta Day" in all of NL, only in the St. John's area...AND Regatta Day is taken on a Wednesday!

Anonymous:

FYI provincial and federal employees pay taxes as well. Which means they pay a portion of their own salary.

Anonymous:

My company recognizes the "Civic Holiday" as a stat holiday for our offices in BC and ON, but not in AB.

Anonymous:

Why do fed and prov servants get holidays the rest of the working people do not? Our taxes pay for their wages, so why do we not get them. It doesn't makes sense, does it?

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