- The Civic Holiday is observed in most Canadian provinces and territories on the first Monday of August.
- The holiday is called Civic Holiday only in Manitoba, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and in parts of Ontario and Nova Scotia. It’s called Heritage Day in Alberta, Natal Day in parts of Nova Scotia.
- Quebec, Yukon, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador do not have this mid-summer holiday.
- The holiday dates back to the 1850s and it is said to originate from Upper Canada (now Ontario)
- It is not a statutory holiday in Nova Scotia, Ontario, Manitoba and Alberta but is commonly observed by all levels of government, financial institutions and some businesses.
- 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.
- Schools, post offices, as well as many businesses and organizations are usually closed, while many workers have a day off.
- The next holiday you should look forward to is Labor Day on September 2nd.