Civic Holiday in Ontario in 2021

Civic Holiday in Ontario in 2021
Toronto Skyline, Ontario, canada. Image by Christian Raul Hernandez

  How long until Civic Holiday?
This holiday next takes place in 312 days.
  Dates of Civic Holiday in Ontario
2022 Mon, Aug 1Not A Public Holiday
2021 Mon, Aug 2Not A Public Holiday
2020 Mon, Aug 3Not A Public Holiday
2019 Mon, Aug 5Not A Public Holiday
The first Monday in August in Ontario is not a statutory holiday but is widely observed by many employers
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Civic Day is a 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 Canadian holiday in the middle of summer dates back to Toronto in 1869. It was formally created in 1875 when the first Monday in August became the August Civic Holiday in Toronto.

Today, while Civic Day has been adopted as a statutory holiday in other provinces, Civic Holiday is a non-statutory holiday in Ontario.

Federal government offices will be closed, but provincially regulated employers are not required to treat this as a holiday. Despite this status, the holiday is still widely observed across the province.

Colonel By Day

In Ottawa, this day is known as Colonel By Day. It is named after Lieutenant-Colonel John By, an English military engineer, who constructed the  Rideau Canal and founded Bytown, which would become the Canadian capital, Ottawa.

By was born on August 7th 1779, which meant the holiday weekend in early August was a suitable date to mark the Colonel's legacy.

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