Labour Day is an annual and global holiday to celebrate the achievements of workers around the world. For most countries, Labour Day is linked with International Workers’ Day, which occurs on May 1.
This year, the first Monday in August is August 3, and may be a statutory holiday in your province or territory. Although most commonly referred to as the “Civic Holiday” in Ontario, the holiday is referred to differently across Canada. For instance, in British Columbia, the holiday is referred to as British Columbia Day and in Manitoba, the holiday is named Terry Fox Day. The name of the holiday is not the only thing that differs between the provinces and territories; the legal status of the holiday also varies. That is, in some provinces and territories, the first Monday in August is considered a public (statutory) holiday under employment/labour standards legislation, while in others it is not.
In all provinces and territories, Canada Day is a statutory (public) holiday. This year, July 1 falls on a Wednesday, a regular working day for most. Many Canada Day celebrations are moving online this year as the provinces, territories and the country continues to live through the COVID-19 pandemic.