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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Posted by Lorraine Brace:

In Couborg Ont the Monday of the August Long Weekend is called James Cockburn Day. He was a Father of Confederation and the first Speaker of the House (Federal Government.)

Posted by Hedley Clarke:

The first Monday in August is NOT regatta day in Newfoundland. The royal St. John's Regatta is just a boat race that happens around this time of year, usually on the Wednesday after this holiday. It doesn't have a name here.

Posted by Carter Amondsen:

My dad works for Walmart and they donít get anything. No day off, extra pay or a different day if the have to work today.

Posted by Lesley Ovens:

I don't have today off I work today 7am 3pm

Posted by Max:

It's not a holiday if I am not getting paid. Civic nothing, today is a regular Monday.

Posted by C hunter:

No.....and we are paid for only hrs worked....if boss decides to change hours employees are not notified

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