Remembrance Day, in some provinces, is considered a paid public (statutory) holiday, under Employment/Labour Standards legislation. There are various exemptions and considerations to take into account when it comes to Remembrance Day, as a statutory holiday.
The campaign to have Remembrance Day declared a national public (statutory) holiday in Canada without removing any existing public holiday is ongoing, and according to our recent HRinfodesk poll poll and comments received, many are of the opinion that it should.
The request to make Remembrance Day a national public holiday across Canada without removing any existing public holiday continues. It would make sense to make this a statutory holiday in every province and territory—even in Ontario and Quebec.
As we mourn the death of two soldiers killed in separate attacks on home soil, Canadians were reminded of the importance to understand and appreciate what those who have served Canada in times of war, armed conflict and peace stand for, and what they have sacrificed for their country, including the relevance of the Military in the 21st century.
Dan Harris, a New Democrat MP has introduced a private member’s bill that would make Remembrance Day a paid holiday.
Bill C-597, An Act to amend the Holidays Act (Remembrance Day) to make Remembrance Day a public holiday and give it the same status as Canada Day received first reading May 14, 2014. … Continue reading “Remembrance Day should be a national holiday!”