Information about Family Day
Well this has been a short week for Twillow Consulting and the rest of Ontario due to Family Day on Monday. I thought it would be good to share a bit of information about the holiday as our Fun Fact for Friday.
“In parts of Canada, Family Day is a statutory holiday occurring on a Monday in February. In the provinces of Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island (PEI) and Saskatchewan, it is observed on the third Monday of February; in the provinces of Manitoba, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, the holiday is instead termed Louis Riel Day, Nova Scotia Heritage Day and Islander Day respectively. British Columbia (BC) began observing Family Day on the second Monday of February in 2013. Two-thirds of Canadians live in a province that observes a February statutory holiday. Except in British Columbia, Family Day coincides with Presidents’ Day in the United States.
The second and third Mondays in February are regular working days in Quebec, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, and the territories. As Family Day is not recognized in the federal sphere, federal employees in all provinces (such as public servants and postal workers) work on this day. In Yukon the third Friday is Yukon Heritage Day.” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Family_Day_%28Canada%29)
Here is the history of it in our city.
“During the Ontario provincial election in 2007, Dalton McGuinty, of the Liberal Party, promised that, if re-elected premier, he would establish a provincial holiday in February. On October 12, 2007, the provincial government established Family Day, to be first observed on February 18, 2008. Its creation raised Ontario’s number of statutory holidays to nine per year. However, this holiday does not necessarily add to the number of holidays Ontarians receive because employers can substitute any non-statutory holidays that employees may already be receiving in lieu of this day. Many employers have substituted the popular Civic Holiday, which falls on the first Monday in August. Although the Civic Holiday is enjoyed by millions every year, it is not public (statutory), and workers may have to choose one holiday or the other, based on their contract, union negotiations, service requirements, etc.” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Family_Day_%28Canada%29)