When is Civic Day?
How long until Civic Day ?
|This holiday next takes place in 75 Days.|
Dates of Civic Day
|British Columbia, New Brunswick, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Saskatchewan|
In Canada, the first Monday in August is a holiday in several provinces.
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. Be aware that many employers in Ontario will give it 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
|Alberta||Heritage Day||Optional Civic Holiday||Many businesses will close.|
|British Columbia||British Columbia Day||Provincial Statutory Holiday||All government offices will be closed.|
|Manitoba||Civic Day||Non 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 Holiday||Non Statutory Holiday||Federal government offices are closed, retail and most other businesses operate as usual.|
|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.
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.