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Nunavut Day Now A Full Public Holiday

Source: The Government of Nunavut (Iqaluit)
Posted: Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Most recent follow-up news item: May 27, 2022

The legislature of the Canadian territory of Nunavut has announced that, beginning in 2020, Nunavut Day would be a statutory public holiday, meaning that civil servants will no longer be the only ones getting the day off.

Last autumn (2019-10-16), the Nunavut legislature had announced that, in its upcoming fall sitting, it would discuss Bill 29, an Act to Amend the Labour Standards Act, which received second reading on September 17, and which would make Nunavut Day, observed annually on July 9, a statutory public holiday in the territory, for everyone, not just for public service employees, as is currently the case.

The idea of extending the Nunavut Day public holiday to everyone was first contemplated by the Nunavut legislature in 2018, but at that time the proposal was put on the back burner while the Canadian Federal Parliament was considering a bill to declare September 30th a new National Day for Truth and Reconciliation nationwide public holiday.

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