Civic Holiday

August 6, 2018 all-day

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

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.