The Canadian government will have a federal holiday on Monday for Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral, but that doesn’t mean you’ll have a holiday.
The former Canadian head of state, the Queen, died on 8 September at the age of 96. The Queen’s funeral will take place on Monday at Westminster Abbey in London, UK.
On Tuesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told reporters at a news conference that the Canadian government would have a federal holiday on the day of the Queen’s funeral.
Federal government employees will have a day off, while federally regulated employers will have Workers are not required to be offered paid leaveLabor Minister Seamus O’Regan Jr added on Twitter after 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.
“We will work with the provinces and territories to see that we are aligned on this,” Trudeau said at the conference.
Provincial governments will have to agree to a plan to approve Monday as a public holiday. Otherwise, only federal employees will receive the leave, in the same way as Remembrance Day, another federal holiday, is observed. Last year, Ontario did not observe National Truth and Reconciliation Day, another federal holiday, as a provincial statutory holiday.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford has not publicly commented on the federal government’s plan to make Monday a federal holiday.
Dan Kelly, president of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, issued a statement on Tuesday. Telling Ontario not to declare Monday a statutory paid holiday. Kelly said asking businesses to close on Monday with only six days’ notice would cost the economy billions.
“That would mean paying more to stay open,” Kelly wrote.
“Requiring them to lay off their employees without notice or to pay an hour and a half would be extremely costly or would result in a loss of a day’s productivity,” Kelly said in a written statement.
About 94 percent of Canada’s workforce is covered by provincial and territorial law, according to Data from the Canadian Center for Occupational Health and Safety,
“It will be important for Canadians to announce an opportunity to mourn on Monday,” Trudeau said.
Canada’s parliament will sit for a day on Thursday to allow members to observe the Queen’s death, and parliament will sit a day after the Queen’s funeral on September 20, instead of the pre-scheduled date of September 19.
Federal Privy Council office spokesman Pierre-Alain Bujold said in an email to the Star that more information about events in memory of the Queen “will be made available in the coming days.”
Other Commonwealth countries have declared a public holiday in honor of Queen Elizabeth II.
In the UK, King Charles III approved an order declaring the day of the Queen’s funeral a “bank holiday”, the closure of government services and schools.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday that her government would observe a public holiday in memory of the Queen on 26 September.
Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese declared 22 September a public holiday at once.