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Canada November 11 Public Holiday Update

Source: The House of Commons of Canada (Ottawa)
Posted on Wednesday, November 5, 2014


The current Conservative Goverment of Canada has announced that it would support the NDP Bill C-597 ("An Act to amend the Holidays Act (Remembrance Day)") another bill which would make November 11, Remembrance Day, a national statutory holiday, throughout Canada.

A decade ago (2006-10-30 and 2006-10-08), the House of Commons bill C-354, An Act to amend the Holidays Act (Remembrance Day) got its first reading and would have made November 11 a legal holiday observed throughout Canada, stipulating that when November 11 is a Sunday, November 12 would be a legal holiday observed throughout Canada. But this bill got nowhere.

More recently (2010-11-04), an opposition member of the legislature of Canada's Province of Ontario, Progressive Conservative Lisa MacLeod, had introduced a private member's bill to designate November 11 as a statutory provincial non-working public holiday. This also got nowhere.

Currently, in Canada, six provinces and three territories mark Remembrance Day as a paid general holiday (Alberta, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Northwest Territories and Nunavut, Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan, Yukon), but these represent less than half of Canada's population, with Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba and Nova Scotia not recognizing Remembrance Day as an official paid statutory holiday.

As per the aforementioned BILL C-597, "This enactment amends the Holidays Act to make Remembrance Day a legal holiday and give it the same status as Canada Day.".


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