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The Canadian equivalent of Labor Day in the U.S., Canada Civic Holiday is usually observed on the first Monday of August.
Civic Holiday in Canada is not a statutory holiday, and provinces and local communities have the option of observing it on a different date, or not at all.
The official name of the holiday varies between the provinces and even between municipalities
The first Monday of August is also observed as New Brunswick Day, BC Day, Saskatchewan Day, Heritage Day (Alberta), and Natal Day (Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island).
Burlington celebrates the holiday as "Joseph Brant Day" after a Mohawk Chief who became known for his treaty negotiations and loyalty to the British.
Oshawa recognizes the holiday as "McLaughlin Day" in honour of the late Colonel R.S. McLaughlin, who brought General Motors to Oshawa.
The City of Ottawa proclaimed the Civic Holiday as "Colonel By Day" after British Lieutenant-Colonel and military engineer John By, whose most noteworthy achievement was the building of the Rideau Canal. Bytown (now Ottawa) was named after him.
Sarnia City observes the holiday as "Alexander Mackenzie Day" in honor of Canada's second Prime Minister.
Cobourg observes the holiday as "James Cockburn Day." James Cockburn was a father of Confederation and represented the riding of Northumberland West in the Legislative Assembly of Canada, 1861-67.
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