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 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.


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 .

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