Today, August 3, 2020, is Civic Holiday, which is the most widely used name for a public holiday celebrated in most of Canada on the first Monday in August, though it is officially known by that term only by the governments of Nunavut and the Northwest Territories where it is a territorial statutory holiday. The name “Civic” is in reference to municipalities (such as cities, towns, etc.) as this day is not legislatively mandated a public holiday across the country by the Canadian federal government and is often given a different, more specific name by some municipalities.
The holiday is known by a variety of names in other provinces and municipalities, including British Columbia Day in British Columbia, New Brunswick Day in New Brunswick, and Saskatchewan Day in Saskatchewan, where the day is a provincial statutory holiday across each province. The holiday is celebrated as Natal Day in Nova Scotia, in commemoration of the founding of the Halifax–Dartmouth area, and Terry Fox Day in Manitoba, in honour of the nationally renowned Manitoba-born athlete. Despite its special designations in Nova Scotia and Manitoba, the day is not a statutory holiday in those provinces, nor in Prince Edward Island.
With COVID-19 came certain restrictions and social distancing guidelines. Now that the province of Ontario has entered Stage 3, there are certain relaxations when it comes to indoor places of gathering. As for today, August 3, 2020, here’s a summarized list of what’s open and closed today. It is always advised to call and check with the specific location ahead of time if the establishment is open or not.
- Mississauga’s Square One Shopping Centre is open from 11 am to 7 pm (check for individual store hours)
- Walmart Supercentre open at Square One
- Whole Foods open at Square One
- The Food District will be open at Square One
- Erin Mills Town Centre is open from 11 am to 7 pm
- Dixie Value Mall is open from 11 am to 6 pm
- The Eaton Centre (11 am -7 pm)
- Fairview Mall (11 am – 7 pm)
- The Shops at Don Mills (10 am – 6 pm)
- Scarborough Town Centre (10 am – 6 pm)
- Bramalea City Centre (11 am to 6 pm)
- Vaughan Mills (11 am to 6 pm)
- Sherway Gardens (11 am to 6 pm)
- Yorkdale Shopping Centre (11 am to 7 pm)
- Government offices
- Public libraries
- LCBO stores
Canada Post (no mail pick up or delivery)
- Community Recycling Centres
- Garbage and recycling will be collected one day later
Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie asked to be thoughtful and considerate as we celebrate this Civic Holiday, and posted a message to her social media followers.
Toronto Mayor John Tory, also tweeted earlier today regarding the importance of how we all need to keep doing our part to to keep our city safe and healthy.
Stay safe, and we at Mainstream Canadian wish you the best of health and well-being.