Civic Holiday in 2017

In 2017 Civic Holiday is on Monday, August 7.

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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Posted by Regular Joe:

RE: Joan Ellen All employers know the cost of employees before they hire them. A sound business plan should account for these expenses so instead of complaining about employee related expenses this would be a non-issue. Part of having employees it the need to pay them. You would like to get paid for holidays and CPP, EI, etc. if you were an employee. I'm not saying it's easy for small businesses to support themselves but employees should most certainly not feel they are a burden due to related costs. That kind of relationship is not good for anyone. Make your employees feel appreciated and treat them with respect and they will work twice as hard for you.

Posted by Joan Ellen:

Why do people who make these comments realize two things: 1 - try owning a business and then make the comment about getting paid - you will see that each employee costs at least 10% more than their pay which does not include ANY benefits other than the company portion of CPP, EI, Vacation Pay and Statutory Holiday Pay 2 - we seem to separate the "government" from ourselves - WE are paying these private sector employees NOT to work which comes out of OUR pocket!!

Posted by Vernon Fewtrell:

Work for yourself then you can decide which holidays you have and how many

Posted by Cass:

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..

Posted by jem:

then do not declare Aug 1 as a holiday, since there is no pay involved.

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