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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It seems that the Civic Holiday is NOT a stat holiday. My company does not recognize it. Everything else is closed but we have to come in a read a book for 8 hours... I wish that Ms. Wynn would in fact make it a stat holiday.


hey Ontario consists of communities outside of Toronto... in Simcoe County (which is highway 9 north to the Severn River) ... its called Simcoe Day... for Govenor Simcoe who had a summer residence on Lake Simcoe in the hamlet of Shanty Bay (just outside Barrie).... The Townships of Tiny Tay and Flos (all in Simcoe County) were named after Lady Simcoe's three dogs.

Posted by anonymous:

Our company recognizes it as a holiday for our Ontario and BC offices, but not for Alberta. :-(


There should be 1 Stat Holiday every month in all provinces. I don't care what they call them. Religious holidays should NOT be a stat holiday. If you want a day off to celebrate something in your religion (Easter or whatever) then take the day off and don't make the rest of us take it. Otherwise we are in for a rude awakening when all the religions that make up our population start battling for equal time on the stat holiday front. No work will ever get done.

Posted by Leslie:

There is always confusion around the civic holiday. although it is an unofficial long weekend it is not a legal holiday. Therefore employers are not required to close nor are they required to pay holiday pay/time and a half. And on a national level employers are required to give 9 paid "general" holidays. Some employers give the option between Family Day and the civic holiday with holiday pay however if Family Day is observed as a holiday there is absolutely no requirement to observe and/or pay employees for the civic holiday.

Posted by Livewire:

All 12 provinces are part of Canada . Why do we have a different amount of holidays for some? Stat or not, all should be equal.

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