Civic Holiday in Ontario in 2022

Civic Holiday in Ontario in 2022
Toronto Skyline, Ontario, canada. Image by Christian Raul Hernandez

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Civic Holiday
  Dates of Civic Holiday in Ontario
2023 Mon, Aug 7Regional Holiday
2022 Mon, Aug 1Regional Holiday
2021 Mon, Aug 2Regional Holiday
2020 Mon, Aug 3Regional Holiday
2019 Mon, Aug 5Regional Holiday
  Summary

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.

Simcoe Day

In Toronto, the day is also known as Simcoe Day, named in honour of Major General John Graves Simcoe, the founder of York (later known as Toronto) and the first lieutenant-governor of Upper Canada. Toronto City Council designated the first Monday in August as Simcoe Day in 1968.

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.

John Galt Day

Guelph residents celebrate John Galt Day on the first Monday in August. The Civic Holiday was officially renamed by the city council in 2006 to honour the Royal City’s founder.

Joseph Brant Day

In Burlington, the first Monday in August is known as Joseph Brant Day. Thayendanegea or Joseph Brant was a Mohawk military and political leader, based in present-day New York, who was closely associated with Great Britain during and after the American Revolution.

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