Victoria Day – Office Closed May 23

Victoria DayPlease Note:  The West Toronto Support Services offices will be closed on Monday, May 23rd for the Victoria Day long weekend.

Contact your program supervisor if you have any questions or concerns.

Useful Tips

As the warm weather approaches, here are some useful tips to remember for the long weekend from St. John Ambulance:

  • Sun protection – protect yourself from the sun’s strong rays by wearing a hat, sunglasses and sunblock. No one wants a sunburn to ruin a long weekend! Also don’t forget to reapply your sunblock throughout the day, especially after swimming.
  • Stay hydrated – When you’re outside enjoying the great weather, don’t forget to drink lots of water to avoid heat stroke and heat exhaustion. Try to stay in the shade if you feel like you’re getting too hot.
  • Bugs – spring and summer mean the return of insects including mosquitos, so make sure to use insect repellent when outdoors, especially during the hours of dusk and dawn when they are at their most frequent.

Did you know?

  • Victoria Day has many names

Officially, it’s referred to as Victoria Day or the sovereign’s birthday, but many people call it “the May 24 long weekend,” “the May long weekend,” and nicknames such as “May long” or “May two-four.” Two-four is also another nickname for a 24-bottle case of beer.

  • Canada’s oldest state holiday

According to the federal government, May 24 was first declared a holiday by the legislature of the Province of Canada in 1845 to celebrate Queen Victoria’s birthday.

  • Queen Victoria was key

Queen Victoria was Canada’s sovereign at the time of Confederation in 1867.  She is also credited with turning Ottawa into the nation’s capital a decade earlier.

  • Became annual holiday in 1901

When Queen Victoria died in 1901, Parliament made her birthday an annual holiday. The law initially called for the holiday to be celebrated every year on May 24. Unless the date fell on a Sunday, in which case Victoria Day would be celebrated on May 25.

  • Why it’s not always May 24

In 1952, Parliament declared that Victoria Day would be celebrated on the Monday before May 24 every year. As a result of this convention, the long weekend sometimes falls well before May 24.

Visit to see a full list of other facts about this state holiday.

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