Civic Holiday in 2019

In 2019 Civic Holiday is on Monday, August 5.

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 although it's a day off for many employees across the country. Do you get the day off? Let us know.

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.

It is known by many names in different provinces and municipalities.


It's called Regatta Day in Newfoundland, Terry Fox Day in MB, 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.

What is it called in your region?

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 declar 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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What will you do on the civic holiday long weekend? What did you do last year? Do you have any good tips for others?

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Recent comments
Posted by April Bailey:

I had no choice but to take it off. I missed a days pay. Working at minimum wage I cannot afford this. This should be statutory for every one.

Posted by KJ:

Yeah well I got it off but it is not a paid stat according to websites. So I get shorted a day's pay that last year my employer paid for. Next year I'll work it or something.

Posted by AJ:

The people that receive pay for this holiday are those that need it the least. Please make it equal for all... summer long weekends is the best time to enjoy the summer and family and friends.

Posted by Marc:

It should be a statutory holiday for everybody. Not discretionary at the whim of an employer.

Posted by CJ:

all employees at our company in NB get the holiday off

Posted by Mike :

I will be off because when I was young instead of whining and complaining about life not being fair and the rich get all the breaks I worked hard and smart to put myself in the position I am today. So if you're whining stop and do something about your situation!

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