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


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


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?


There are only 10 provinces in Canada...and 3 territories.


Totally disagree. If we make the religious holidays not a stat holiday then Canada will start losing its identity. if you want immigrate here, you immigrate into our holidays. I wouldn't go to the middle east and request that Ramadan and other holidays not be holidays. only a truly ignorant person would try to change the country they move to for their own benefit. Take us as we are or stay I your home country. no questions about that.


In Manitoba it's called Terry Fox Day. Nothing was mentioned in this blog????

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