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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Posted by Taxpayer aswell:

A government job is one many people have a choice to have. If you don't choose to have one, then stop complaining about people who do.

Anonymus:

Can anyone tell me if this is a stat holiday in Toronto? as in mandatory we have it off?

Posted by Capt\'n Squid:

Sorry to see that Ontario does not observe Veterans Day. They use to at one time. Other Provinces do regard our veterans with a day off. Fantino does not feel it should be, then look at his track record. He is not a plus for the conservative party in the first place. It is Canada and their volunteer army that has kept this country strong and free.

Posted by Taxpayer:

I agree with anonymous and Ptooie. Why do government employees get paid for holidays, such as Easter Monday, and Remembrance Day when it doesn't fall on a weekday? I also take issue with the number of sick days and government employees are given and the fact they can bank those days!! Thanks for the chance to voice my opinion.

Posted by Ricky:

"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." This seems like a dumb idea. If you're going to take a day off to avoid the traffic jams and completely waste the Monday holiday, you might as well just do it on some other weekend.

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