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Civic/Provincial Day in Canada

Quick Facts

Many Canadian provinces and territories have a civic holiday to celebrate some aspect of their culture or history on the first Monday of August.

Local names

NameLanguage
Civic/Provincial DayEnglish
le Congé statutairedu mois d'aoûtFrench
Civic/Provincial DayGerman

Civic/Provincial Day 2014

Monday, August 4, 2014

Civic/Provincial Day 2015

Monday, August 3, 2015
List of dates for other years

The first Monday of August is a holiday for people in many parts of Canada. It is a statutory holiday in some provinces and territories but in others it has another legal status. It is often called the "August Holiday", "Civic Holiday", "Provincial Day" or other local names, such as Terry Fox Day in Manitoba.

Civic Provintial Day Canada

Provinces and territories across Canada have a civic or provincial holiday in the first Monday in August.

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Celebrate Civic/Provincial Day

On the first Monday in August and, in some places, throughout the first week of August, various events are held to celebrate aspects of local culture, history and achievement. Many celebrations are low-key and are organized by community members. These include: making and distributing birthday cakes for the province; sports events; and communal meals, such as breakfasts, barbecues, lunches and suppers. Larger events include professional displays of fireworks, road races and cultural festivals.

Public life

The legal status of the first Monday in August varies between provinces and territories. The first Monday in August is a statutory holiday in: British Columbia (British Columbia Day); New Brunswick (New Brunswick Day); Saskatchewan (Saskatchewan Day or Civic Holiday), and Nunavut (Civic Holiday) and the Northwest Territories (Civic Holiday).

It is a holiday of some form in Alberta (Heritage Day), Manitoba (Terry Fox Day), Newfoundland and Labrador (Civic Holiday, although the date is fixed by municipal council orders), Nova Scotia (Natal Day), Ontario (Civic Holiday, Simcoe Day or Colonel By Day), Prince Edward Island (Natal Day). It is important to note that while some employers in Ontario give their employees a holiday on the first Monday in August, the employer is not required to do so under Ontario’s Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA).

Schools, post offices, as well as many businesses and organizations are closed, while many workers have a day off in these areas. People are advised to check with the local authorities, transport services and businesses as to when services and stores are available on this day. Large scale parades, road races and other public events may cause some local disruption to traffic in some towns and cities. The first Monday of August is not a public holiday in Quebec and Yukon.

About Civic/Provincial Day

In many parts of Canada, the holiday on the first Monday in August is simply known as Civic Day or the August Holiday. However, a wide range of local names are also used. Some of these include the names of provinces, such as British Columbia Day, New Brunswick Day and Saskatchewan Day. Others use a name to highlight a particular aspect of the celebrations, such as Natal Day in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, which marks the "birthdays" of these provinces. Another example is Heritage Day in Alberta, which is an occasion to celebrate the heritage of the peoples of the province. The origins of the holiday on the first Monday in August seem to stem back to a “day of recreation” first organized by Toronto City Council in 1869.

In Ontario, a range of local names are used, which often honor significant people in the history of the province. In Toronto, the first Monday in August is known as Simcoe Day after John Graves Simcoe, who founded the town of York, Upper Canada, which became Toronto. He was also the first lieutenant governor of the province. In Ottawa, it is called Colonel By Day in honor of John By, who led the construction of the Rideau Canal, or Waterway, and founded Bytown, which became the city of Ottawa.

In the provinces of Quebec and Yukon, celebrations of local history and culture are held on different dates. Quebec's National Holiday is held on St Jean Baptiste Day, which is June 24. Discovery Day in Yukon is on the third Monday in August and commemorates the discovery of gold in the province in 1896, which lead to the Klondike gold rush.

Symbols

There are no symbols of the Civic Holiday that are used throughout Canada. However, each province and territory has its own flag and coat of arms. Many also have a provincial tartan and flowers, trees, birds and minerals or gemstones, which are used as symbols of the provinces.

Civic/Provincial Day Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday typeWhere it is a statutory holiday
MonAug 61990Civic/Provincial DayCommon Local holidaysMB, NT, ON, SK
MonAug 51991Civic/Provincial DayCommon Local holidaysMB, NT, ON, SK
MonAug 31992Civic/Provincial DayCommon Local holidaysMB, NT, ON, SK
MonAug 21993Civic/Provincial DayCommon Local holidaysMB, NT, ON, SK
MonAug 11994Civic/Provincial DayCommon Local holidaysMB, NT, ON, SK
MonAug 71995Civic/Provincial DayCommon Local holidaysMB, NT, ON, SK
MonAug 51996Civic/Provincial DayCommon Local holidaysMB, NT, ON, SK
MonAug 41997Civic/Provincial DayCommon Local holidaysMB, NT, ON, SK
MonAug 31998Civic/Provincial DayCommon Local holidaysMB, NT, ON, SK
MonAug 21999Civic/Provincial DayCommon Local holidaysMB, NT, ON, SK
MonAug 72000Civic/Provincial DayCommon Local holidaysMB, NT, ON, SK
MonAug 62001Civic/Provincial DayCommon Local holidaysMB, NT, ON, SK
MonAug 52002Civic/Provincial DayCommon Local holidaysMB, NT, ON, SK
MonAug 42003Civic/Provincial DayCommon Local holidaysMB, NT, ON, SK
MonAug 22004Civic/Provincial DayCommon Local holidaysMB, NT, ON, SK
MonAug 12005Civic/Provincial DayCommon Local holidaysMB, NT, ON, SK
MonAug 72006Civic/Provincial DayCommon Local holidaysMB, NT, ON, SK
MonAug 62007Civic/Provincial DayCommon Local holidaysMB, NT, ON, SK
MonAug 42008Civic/Provincial DayCommon Local holidaysMB, NT, ON, SK
MonAug 32009Civic/Provincial DayCommon Local holidaysMB, NT, ON, SK
MonAug 22010Civic/Provincial DayCommon Local holidaysMB, NT, ON, SK
MonAug 12011Civic/Provincial DayCommon Local holidaysMB, NT, ON, SK
MonAug 62012Civic/Provincial DayCommon Local holidaysMB, NT, ON, SK
MonAug 52013Civic/Provincial DayCommon Local holidaysMB, NT, ON, SK
MonAug 42014Civic/Provincial DayCommon Local holidaysMB, NT, ON, SK
MonAug 32015Civic/Provincial DayCommon Local holidaysMB, NT, ON, SK
MonAug 12016Civic/Provincial DayCommon Local holidaysMB, NT, ON, SK
MonAug 72017Civic/Provincial DayCommon Local holidaysMB, NT, ON, SK
MonAug 62018Civic/Provincial DayCommon Local holidaysMB, NT, ON, SK
MonAug 52019Civic/Provincial DayCommon Local holidaysMB, NT, ON, SK
MonAug 32020Civic/Provincial DayCommon Local holidaysMB, NT, ON, SK

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