Every year we are asked if the first Monday in August (also referred to as Civic Holiday or Simcoe Day in some jurisdictions), is a public holiday under Employment Standards legislation. Well it depends. This year, Civic Holiday/Simcoe Day/First Monday in August falls on August 2, 2010.
This year, Canada Day (July 1) falls on a Thursday. Unlike some public holidays, which shift dates in order to provide a long weekend, Canada Day is to be celebrated on the day it falls. This year, there has been much discussion of the fact that it creates a situation in which many people have Thursday off, and are then expected to return to work for one day before enjoying their weekend.