Happy Victoria Day Long Weekend!

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It’s time to say “Happy May Long” to your neighbors, friends and colleagues!

The Victoria Day Long Weekend is informally regarded as the beginning of the summer season in Canada, but did you know why Canadians celebrate Victoria Day?

May 24, Queen Victoria (1837-1901)’s birthday, was declared a holiday by the Legislature of the Province of Canada in 1845.

After Confederation, the Queen’s birthday was celebrated every year on May 24 unless that date was a Sunday, in which case a proclamation was issued providing for the celebration on May 25.

After the death of Queen Victoria in 1901, an Act was passed by the Parliament of Canada establishing a legal holiday on May 24 in each year (or May 25 if May 24 fell on a Sunday) under the name Victoria Day.

Stay safe this long weekend and follow all public health guidelines to help protect the people around you.
  • Simple steps save lives and can slow the spread. Wash your hands, physically distance, wear a mask when you can’t and, if you’re even slightly showing symptoms, stay home and get tested.
  • Violations may result in $2,000 fines, prosecuted for up to $100,000 and ticketed at the time of an incident or post-infraction.
Provincewide gathering restriction as of May 23, 2021:
  • All indoor gatherings are prohibited – public and private.
  • Outdoor gatherings restriction for lower case area is 10 people maximum. For high case area, outdoor gathering restriction is 5 people maximum if gathering with people outside your household; no limit if all participants are part of the same household.

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