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OPL recognizes August long weekend holiday as Emancipation Day

In 2008, Ontario declared August 1 as Emancipation Day, the day that marked the end of slavery in the British Empire in the mid-19th century.

Starting this year, OPL will officially recognize the first Monday in August as Emancipation Day, to honour Oakville’s African-Canadian heritage, celebrate freedom and commemorate the legislation that ended slavery.

The African-Canadian experience is an integral part of our community’s collective history, and we want to ensure we are reflective and respectful of the great diversity that makes Oakville strong.

Provincial legislation allows municipalities to name the August long weekend holiday in honour of a local historical figure or event. The Town of Oakville has recognized the holiday as Emancipation Day since 2015.

This year, the holiday falls on August 5, and all OPL branches will be closed on Sunday, August 4 and Monday, August 5.