Calling a Canadian supplier or customer this August 3rd? You might not get through to them if they work in a non-retail business or for the federal government because it is a holiday. Then again, not all provinces have it as a holiday. Public holidays in Canada, known as “statutory holidays,” are legislated at the federal, provincial and territorial levels. Many of these holidays are observed nationwide, but each province and territory in Canada has its own holidays as well.
The Civic Holiday falls on the first Monday of August. This holiday is commonly referred to as the “August Long Weekend.” In Ontario, most retail stores are open on the civic holiday across the province, but most other non-retail businesses and organizations are closed.
The Civic Holiday is also known by one of a number of local appellations such as “Simcoe Day” in Toronto (in honour of the first Lieutenant-Governor of Upper Canada), “Colonel By Day” in Ottawa, “George Hamilton Day” in Hamilton, “Joseph Brant Day” in Burlington, “Founders’ Day” in Brantford, “McLaughlin Day” in Oshawa, “Alexander Mackenzie Day” in Sarnia, “James Cockburn Day” in Cobourg, “Peter Robinson Day” in Peterborough and “John Galt Day” in Guelph. As well, there are numerous other names in other municipalities.
At Telsec Business Centres, all of our office-for-rent clients are able to work from their offices on Canadian holidays, but they just don’t have access to reception services. If they need to receive calls, they need to make arrangements for their calls to be automatically forwarded to their extension or other designated number (without a receptionist answering their calls). Because our office tenants have 24/7 access to their offices, they can meet with clients. However, for building security purposes, they have to go down to the main floor security desk to greet whomever they are bringing to their office.