We have been recently publishing information for Americans looking to expand their businesses into Canada. On a recent prospect call, a U.S.-based business asked why we would be un-staffed on July 1. The simple answer would have been that it’s Canada’s version of the 4th of July, but we wanted to expand on the answer here.

Canada Day is the national day of Canada, a federal statutory holiday celebrating the anniversary of the July 1, 1867, enactment of the Constitution Act, 1867 (back then it was called the British North America Act of 1867), which united three British colonies into a single country called Canada. Originally, the holiday was called Dominion Day, but it was renamed in 1982, when the Canada Act was passed. Canada Day observances take place throughout Canada as well as among Canadians internationally. Yes, internationally, many ex-patriots around the world find ways of gathering to celebrate Canada Day, regardless of where they are living.

What does this mean to our business? Well, our reception and admintration staff members are spending the day with family and friends celebrating this day, but some of our office tenants are still working. Like any other holiday, we may not be working, but our offices are still open for our office-space tenants to work, if they choose.

Being that Canada Day 2016 falls on a Friday and the U.S. 4th of July falls on Monday, some of our U.S.-based office tenants are taking this weekend as a 4-day vacation to celebrate both countries’ independence.

However you spend this weekend, we wish you the best.