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Civic Day in Canada

National and public holidays in Canada Regional Holiday in Canada

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When is Civic Day?

How long until Civic Day ?
This holiday next takes place in 256 Days.
Dates of Civic Day
Year Weekday Date
2019 Monday August 5th
2018 Monday August 6th
2017 Monday August 7th
2016 Monday August 1st
2015 Monday August 3rd
Regions
British Columbia, New Brunswick, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan

In Canada, the first Monday in August is a holiday in all provinces except for Quebec, Newfoundland and Labrador, Ontario and Yukon.

Often referred to as the 'August Long Weekend', the holiday is officially and unofficially known by different names in different regions.

History of Civic Day

Civic Day is a public holiday that is not based on any particular historical or religious event. The intent of the Civic Holiday seems simply to be to "not work".

The tradition of a holiday in the middle of summer in Toronto dates back to 1869 and was formally created in 1875 when the first Monday in August became the August Civic Holiday in Toronto. Today, Civic Holiday is a non statutory holiday in Ontario and provincially regulated employers are not required to treat this as a holiday.

British Columbia was the last province to establish an August holiday, when British Columbia Day was created in 1974.

Though there will be regional variations, typically banks and government offices will be closed on Civic Day and public transport may run on a reduced schedule.

The status of Civic Day by Canadian province/territory

Province/Territory Name Status Comments
Alberta Civic Day Provincial Statutory Holiday All government offices will be closed.
British Columbia British Columbia Day Provincial Statutory Holiday All government offices will be closed.
Manitoba Civic Day Provincial Statutory Holiday All government offices will be closed.
New Brunswick New Brunswick Day Provincial Statutory Holiday All government offices will be closed.
Newfoundland and Labrador Not a holiday Discovery Day is celebrated on the Monday nearest 24 June
Nova Scotia Natal Day Non Statutory Holiday An employer may agree to give Natal Day as a paid holiday.
Ontario Civic Holiday Non Statutory Holiday Known as Colonel By Day in Ottowa
Prince Edward Island Civic Day Designated Statutory Holiday All government offices will be closed.
Quebec Not a holiday  
Saskatchewan Saskatchewan Day Provincial Statutory Holiday All government offices will be closed.
Northwest Territories Civic Holiday Territorial Statutory Holiday All government offices will be closed.
Nunavut Civic Holiday Territorial Statutory Holiday All government offices will be closed.
Yukon Not a holiday Discovery Day is celebrated on third Monday in August

This tells us that Civic Holiday is not as important as some other holidays, but still it is celebrated as a statutory Canadian holiday and a welcome chance to enjoy some late summer weather..

Discovery Day (Newfoundland and Labrador)

Discovery Day is a provincial holiday in Newfoundland and Labrador. It replaces the Civic Holiday observed on the first Monday of August in other areas of Canada. It is celebrated on the Monday nearest June 24th, commemorating the discovery of the province in 1497 by John Cabot. Read more.

Discovery Day (Yukon)

Provincial holiday celebrated on the third Monday in August in the Yukon. It is also known as Klondike Gold Discovery Day. It replaces the Civic Holiday observed on the first Monday of August in other areas of Canada. Read more.


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