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 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 francisco perez:

why some pages said that day is statutory and some said it doesn't why should be the norm if company close, at will that day. should we get paid or not Please let me know thanks

Posted by Sally:

Our boss let us have the day off and closed the business but did not pay us because it is not a stat holiday. Should he pay us if he closed the business that day?

Posted by Cher Walcott:

Yes thankfully and paid for by my employer. I really believe it should be turned into a Statutory Holiday to avoid the confusion as so many employers now do pay for it and so many business are shut down. Government offices and most Beer Stores, LCBO etc are closed. Being in the accounting side of business it would make things so much clearer for employers/companies and not cause so much conflict on the employee side of this issue.

Posted by Cass:

I need to work or pay by myself. I feel it is unfair that some get August 7 off but many of us don't. If not a Stat. why public transit using holiday status?? I think it's time to make it stat.

Posted by Sarah :

No I don't get it off:( I work in retail and we work every day of the year almost.

Posted by Christa:

I didn't get the day off. I work at a seniors facility, so we're open 24/7

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