The Evening Standard

Coronavirus: Canada Day marked by virtual celebrations due to Covid-19 pandemic

July 1, 2020

Virtual celebrations to mark Canada Day are taking place across the country due to the coronavirus pandemic. 1 July marks the day, in 1867, when three separate colonies joined to become a single entity within the British Empire, called Canada. From this date, the country was regarded as a self-governing region within the empire. The holiday was originally called Dominion Day but was renamed in 1982 under the Canada Act which meant Government in London could no longer make changes to Constitutional law, allowing full Canadian sovereignty.