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Civic Day in Canada

National and public holidays in Canada Regional Holiday in Canada

Canada

When is Civic Day?

Year Date
2018 August 6th
2017 August 7th
2016 August 1st
2015 August 3rd
2014 August 4th
2013 August 5th

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

It is known by different names in different areas.

A holiday in the middle of summer in Toronto dates back to 1869.

This day was created in 1875 when the first Monday in August became the August Civic Holiday.

The intent of the Civic Holiday is to "not work".

In Canada Civic Holiday is in most cases the first Monday of August unless another civil or provincial holiday exists on a different date, in which case the local holiday is used.

If an employer wants you to work, then it is a work day.

What you will often find, however, is that its name Civic Holiday changes from province to province, and even amongst different regions within provinces in Canada.

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 Day Provincial Statutory Holiday All government offices will be closed.
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 Dicovery 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.

In some provinces, Civic day is replaced by a different regional holiday celebrated on a different date:

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.

George Washington Carmack discovered gold at Bonanza Creek, Yukon, on August 17, 1896. This discovery triggered the famous 'gold rush'. Yukon's Territorial Council declared Discovery Day as a public holiday in 1911.


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