Sunday, June 21 is the longest day of the year and marks the changing of seasons. It is also a very important day for Indigenous Peoples (First Nations, Métis, Inuit). In 1982, this day was chosen to celebrate the land and the Indigenous Peoples and their cultures. National Indigenous Peoples Day is a public (statutory) holiday in the Northwest Territories and Yukon.
As most employers know, Ontario recognizes nine public holidays every year. The majority of employees are entitled to take these public holidays off work and receive public holiday pay. Most employees who actually work on these days are entitled to receive premium pay (equal to time and a half wages), in addition to public holiday pay.
There are a number of upcoming public (statutory or general) holidays that require employers to provide paid days off to employees. Below, we have summarized some the most important obligations with respect to those holidays.