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What will you do on the civic holiday long weekend? What did you do last year? Do you have any good tips for others?
I spend the time with my family and have to be back early so I don't lose the income. The civic "holiday" (and I use the term loosely)should not be listed as a stat holiday if it not actually one. Also why are we not honouring our military on Remembrance day, it should be considered a stat holiday so those of us can be a part of their ceremonies with out losing income if we take the time off.
Unions get paid. Join a union shop or unionize your shop..
then do not declare Aug 1 as a holiday, since there is no pay involved.
What if you are willing and able to work but the company is closed for the day. Should they have to pay me? I never got paid and I never had a choice
Respectfully to the person posting life does not owe you a living, North Americans have been programmed to live to work, not work to live.
It's time the workers of this country threw off the shackles of capitalism and started demanding reasonable working conditions and holidays, and invested that extra time back into the family & community
No matter where or what are we working, if it's a regular full time job we all, should have
all the holidays - civic or stat. What are we 'second hand people , if we are not working for government or government related companies..?? I'm working for a health care company - office stuff has all the holidays and We- field stuff, just stat,this is completely unfair and demeaning .
Exactly Curtis....it's on the listing as a Statutory Holiday, however, it is not. It shouldn't be portrayed as one!
And the essential government workers are paid by taxpayers, and receive pensions, and overtime, and benefits, all paid for on the backs of those working hourly on this "non" holiday or stat ones.....government employees are the first to complain about something they don't get....ironic.
My boss makes us work on Civic Holiday. We are a software company with no commitments to the public. And he wonders why the turnover rate's high and employees don't like working here. Showing generosity to your staff goes a long way.
In Windsor ON it's a Civic Holiday :)
Did anyone actually read the notice on the August long weekend? It is NOT a statutory holiday. If you want to take the day off, then follow your employers guidelines on taking a day off. Life does not owe you a living.
I went to my relatives' home @ Trenton,ON with my brother's family on Jul 30,2016.
We went to sandbanks beach,ON.
We played tennis.
That's a bit strange, but then it's Canada!
Well..Since Im an Old recovering work-A-Holic... I'm going to sleep-in until it feels like it's becoming a chore to keep my eyes closed..last year I worked extra days.. As every one else went to holiday, rest & rejuvenate.!? Apparently I was a slow learner.. So ..Take a moderate amount of time to enjoy the civic times..
& try not to become a fanatical aesthete...
Canadians use every excuse to make a "Holiday" out of nothing meaningful. C'mon
I am with Anna, Who else is with me we should all have more time off in the summer to be with our loved one.
Please stop calling it a holiday because it is a regular day. Provinces should declare this day a mandatory holiday. Calling all public servants (or as we call them now, politicians)!!!
Why should government employees get August 1st. long weekend off with pay and rest of us have to work? This Holiday is not fair for everyone.
why is everyone so upset about holidays, if you dont get paid on them, oh well? find a better job, quit getting loans for things you cannot afford, and if youre going to have children atleast think of getting enough money to do so, this isnt 10,000 b.c
This should be a stat holiday, hourly workers that have to work that day do not get the overtime rate.. working in a call centre environment it is a regular work day stat day or not but atleast if working on a stat holiday there is a bonus on the next pay day!!!!
I agree, we have very few holidays in the country. We live in a such fast paced country and we should get more Sat holidays. Especially the August lone weekend. Summer is short, allow people to enjoy it with family and friends.
I am a retired OW employee and I am so grateful for the wonderful years working for a great department with dedicated workers and would love for people to know how hard these folks worked to help their clients.
Lol, venting on a statutory holidays reference website
It's not an actual holiday, don't portray it as one
Government workers providing essential services work on every stat holiday.
Government workers don't get too much time off, the rest of us get too little. North America is the most over-worked developed country. This should be a mandatory holiday, as there is a big span without one from July to September.
Bullshit day, not a stat, others that benefit is government, and for the people that work, have hear about the long weekend that most of us do not get if its not a stat its not an official holiday, may as well just take a Monday off any time and make your own long week end.
Every holiday is just a time wasted. Self-employed workaholic without benefits.
I've never heard of it being called simcoe day!
Government workers get far too much time off regardless of whether or not it is a holiday . Usually it is the Government workers who get too much time off that tell us to stop whining about things like this.
It's still called Simcoe Day in much of Ontario
We do the back yard long weekend. Save the hi-way carnage for others. We might even do a Vancouver baseball game on the Sunday prior to the 1st.
Would people in Ontario be required to work if they are scheduled regardless if it's not a stat holiday?
Please make Civic Holiday in Alberta as a statutory holiday in Alberta. Because it's not recognized as a Stat, I have to work August long wile every one else is enjoying a day off.
August long weekend in BC IS a Stat Holiday
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
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!
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????
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.
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.
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.
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.
In the Manitoulin area, this holiday is referred to as "Haweater weekend"
Regatta Day, I believe is in ST.John's only, not the entire province
Regatta Day is a "townie" day off. Newfoundlanders will know that. For the rest of Canada, the St. John's area celebrates Regatta Day
PEI doesn't have a Natal Day. It is Gold Cup and Saucer Day. The 3rd Friday of August.
WOW, in regards to Where fat ppl set up. Who thee hell do you thinnk you are? DO you ever think some people have medical conditions? Do you not know that some conditions are so painful and also medication can cause weight gain? Oh wait you don't I forgot how could you know that ? Your too ignorant. Your obviously not a proud Canadian! Shame on you! As for not sending kids to daycare Do you ever think maybe someone losyt their spouse and has to work ? Or maybe another circumstance came up? MY goodness You two ppl must be related!! Have a great holiday finding. The worse in it .
There is an error in this article. Regatta Day in the first WEDNESDAY in August and has been for years and years, way before Newfoundland was part of Canada. The first morning of August is not kept.
For some people holidays are something they take for granted and they spend the days at the mall and in front of the TV. For some, overworked folks - especially in the private sector - holidays are the time to spend quality time with their families. My point is, there are so many people, so many stories, background, social and financial backgrounds - there is no overarching truth or doing things the "right" way. Considering each other's needs and finding a good balance between work and personal time, overtime and unemployment -- it's hard to do. Don't judge each other so quickly. And don't bash government employees please. Maybe they put in less work hours than someone at a private company but they are also people and for the most part, well meaning, good people and they don't deserve the abuse from some self-righteous people who think they are better than others just because they have different holidays.
Love how the rudest people here don't put their names......big talkers hiding behind their computer
Canada has to many holidays. Ontario especially. I would never set up where fat people want pay to not work
Working this holiday monday - least favorite memory - being run over by a car- most favorite memory ' camping with my wife and kids many times and always taking one night to go down to the beach and lie on picnic tables or a blanket on the sand and watch for shooting stars for about 1/2 hrs. There has been some grw st ones!
listen folks if your going to have a child then stop sending it to daycare and actually stay home and take care of the child yourself if you cant take care of your child because you have to work then don't have a child. You cant have your cake and eat t too.
If you're complaining that you don't get a paid holiday then you should have stayed in school and got an education that pays you for those days! It's your choice that you are where you are so stop complaining about those who have decided to do more with their life!
I think that this holiday is very unfair cause as usual your government workers get another day off when they already work short hours compared to private companies and I honestly don't understand why the banks are closed when retail workers in most cases are forced to work August 3rd, 2015. It seems that most of the holidays tend to benefit government workers whether provincial or federal while other industries don't get these holidays.
I am from Ottawa and we do not call it "Colonel By Day" and now I live in the GTA and no one calls it "Simcoe Day". Just "long weekend" or civic holiday.
It should pay less than minimum wage, because you're not working on welfare? Geez try going to another country and sit around doing nothing. Your starve.
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Wow there's a lot of hate in the world. Let's call this civic holiday "yay day" yay I live in Canada. The best country in the world. Because they have publicly decided that we should all take the day off and go to the beach :)
I understand that for some, welfare is a hand up and not a hand out. I just get frustrated with others. When I had my first daughter, my girlfriend had hers and was on welfare. She told me she planned on staying home with her until she went to grade 1. I did not have the luxury of this choice as I had to return to work. It upset me that she had the choice while I helped pay for that choice (no matter how I feel about the benefits of staying home). I know many others that have chosen to keep having children because they would get more money and stay home longer vs. have to work. I also know hard it is to get off welfare as you never get enough to get ahead but just to barely exist where u r at. I think people should be forced to go back to school...be it highscool, trade school, or academic programming in college/university....in a program that they can find employment in afterwards (not music or art....sorry). Student loans should be available to those on welfare without exclusion if they aren't already. I was a single mom....went back to school with 2 kids and obtained a degree in nursing. I had help with housing and daycare subsidies through local or government programs...and I got a student loan that took a long time to pay back but at least I was supporting myself and my family while I did.
All the complaining about how "nice" a life people have on welfare is pure uneducated garbage. There is a lot of abuse and that needs to stop but the system itself pays far less then minimum wage and there are stop gap measures in place to insure the resident is looking for work and not abusing or they are cut off. The abuse needs to stop and needs to be looked at closer but the general whining about "I support x number of people" also needs to stop. If it really bothers you do some research ( and listening to talk radio is not research)
I lamented that Vet's day wasn't a holiday in ON, till I heard this.
Many people view this as a day off, with no regard to the sacrifice of our sons and daughters. Making it a school day allows young people to be taught of the WHY of veterans day. We don't do enough for those brave souls
Having a job is a privilege these days. If you don't want it, please give it to me.
working is not a perviliage its a resposibility and it should be a must for all people.... it would be nice to have a little time off, but i agree there are far too many people that count on me to help pay for them to stay home. whats the point in these people trying to get jobs if they get more money to stay at home with benifits and not have to pay for daycares or barley pay rent ... it makes no sence to have a job anymore when u reep more rewards not having one
I would rather go to work. After all,there are 2 million welfare recips who depend on me. If NDP gets in in the fall, count on 4 million
Stop whining.... You work...good enough... Working is a privileged.... Not a right
@Taxpayer: Where is the equality? If gov. workers get such and such financial benefits out of stat. holidays, the rest of Canadians should too!
DO ontario Workers get paid Time and a half on Aug 3rd 2015? Curious because on the chart there was an indication that it wasnt a " real stat holiday" Can anyone clear this up for me? I work a long day and want to know what Im getting myself into!
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.
Can anyone tell me if this is a stat holiday in Toronto? as in mandatory we have it off?
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.
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.
"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.
What really grinds my gears are the "government only" holidays. I have to work those, so I can pay taxes and pay those who make the rules to have the day off. Either make it mandatory for ALL employees, or go to work like the people who pay your wages.
I have my own company and gladly pay my employees for holidays
Happy employee = money in my pocket
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!
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.
Civic Holiday is a Provincial Holiday, not a Statutory holiday. In Alberta, Businesses have the option to (depending on if they are Federally or Provincially Regulated) to give employees the Holiday. My business doesn't recognize it as a holiday, instead we take Family Day. At my previous employer, our guys didn't get Family day as the holiday, they got Civic holiday. Civic Holiday is Employer dependant, on how they want, not how the government enforces. Keep in mind this is for Alberta, I don't know about any other province.
It kinda sucks it not being a paid holiday in Alberta on August. 4 . The guys look forward to the extra money. Why is it not a holiday?
I had always thought Civic Holiday Monday was a stat holiday. It seems rude to give people the day off and then not pay them. This should be a mandated stat holiday like Labour Day is.
Seeing that the Civic Holiday is not observed as a stat holiday, what would happen if the company I work for chooses to close for that day, do they still need to pay me?
People ragging on the government...we don't get family day off. :/ boo.
More jealousy of state employees. If you think they've got it easy, then go to work for the government yourself rather than complain. The real elites love to make the working class turn on itself. Government employees are hardly economic elites.
If you are too unskilled to get a government job, that's your fault.
Reply to Juan: So your ok with on Family Day in Feb., gov't & postal workers have to work while you have the day off? It goes both ways. Know your facts before you go spouting off.
LOL @ all the complaints. These are the people who vote Conservative! If you want a holiday you're going to have to vote NDP or Green. Quit whining!
Not a holiday for everybody is a BS ,how can government employees benefit from this and not the general public,I guess it,s like guaranteed pension plans....way to go..if you want to demotivate.
Regatta Day is ONLY a holiday in St. John's, Nfld., NOT the entire province and it is held on the first WEDNESDAY in August, not Monday. It is also held 'weather permittimh': if too windy, is held the next day.
In Ontario this is a Fake Holiday, not stat, and unless you work for big business or the government, you don't get it off. Big load of ......
haha thanks Jean, that fact made me smile :P
I spent my civic day at heritage festival as volunteer :-)
This holiday I feel related to Honda civic birthday
I am confused if the Civic Holiday is a stat holiday in Toronto?
I've never heard it called Natal Day on PEI.
We call it civic.
I believe the Civic Holiday (First Monday of August) is observed in Manitoba as well. Though not as a Stat Holiday
Civic is the same spelled backwards :-)
This holiday gets called Civic Holiday on calendars because it has various names in various provinces, and calendar-makers don't want to print them all. "Civic" not only pertains to cities, but to citizenship/nationality in general.
On civic holiday everyone should be getting of from work cause half of business are close anyways and also kids are home from school so parents could spend time together and in this generation we need to spend more time with kids especially working parents.
St Jean Baptiste Day, June 24th, is also a holiday in St. John's Newfoundland, called St. John's Day. It is the day St. John's was founded, and so the city was named after the saint. Therefore, it is not only Quebec that celebrates that day. :)
Just make this day a stat holiday. It's confusing as most people think they get the day off, time and a half pay, etc. Since many businesses close for the day, you have half the people treating it like a stat and the other half left wondering why it is treated like nothing.
Can't believe some retail stores like Canada Computers don't get this day off. Its unfair to the employees. I never get to go camping :-(
Jo, Quebec gets St Jean Baptiste day in June. No one else gets this day in Canada. It all evens out.
So Civic holiday is not observed in Quebec. What do we get to make up for this? Seems like parts of the country get less time off than others. A bit unfair, isn't it?
This is the day when my cousins celebrate with the annual beef roast. Family and friends from Canada and the U.S. Try to get back to our camps and gather at home to enjoy ourselves and renew the family bonds between us. I have been unable to attend in recent years amd I miss them. But Civic Holiday has always had a special day in the heart of this Canadian who by chance happened to be born south of the border. Have fun everyone!
We are going camping! Hopefully there isn't a lot of traffic...
It's actually the first WEDNESDAY in August that is Regatta Day in Newfoundland :)
Seems like this comments area on the bottom of the page is new...you should add it to other pages as well. I have a good story for another holiday but not for this one:(
My husband and I will take Friday and Tuesday off and drive up to a rental cottage with our daughter and two dogs. That's our long-weekend strategy, to take one day off before and after the holidays to avoid traffic;) Also, it's the perfect cottage time - no mosquitoes or deer flies. If you live in the GTA we highly recommend you drive north past Algonquin Park; anything below the park is too busy, north of Algonquin you will enjoy more peace and more nature!