In Canada, we show pride in our winter sports, cold weather, maple syrup, and strong family values. We’re also a proud nation that embraces its rich, but not so long history. At only 152 years old, we have a relatively small sample size in comparison to other nations on Earth.
One reoccurring feeling that all Canadians also embrace is our love and support for the many men and women who sacrificed their lives, for a better future for their children’s children.
However, despite the significance of the occasion to Canadians, Remembrance Day is not recognized as a statutory holiday in the provinces of Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and Manitoba.
But, surely, the sacrifice that was made during those long, hard fought days in World War I & II, were to benefit Canadians from coast to coast.
So why is Remembrance Day not a nationwide statutory holiday?
According to this McCarthy Tetrault article from April, 2018 “An Act to amend the Holidays Act (Remembrance Day), known as Bill C-311 received royal assent. Law geeks take note: Bill C-311 passed third reading in the House of Commons by an impressive margin of 205-76, notwithstanding that it was a private member’s bill (Colin Fraser, Liberal MP for West Nova) – a type of bill that rarely becomes law. As a result, November 11 is now a legal holiday throughout Canada.”
But as this article points out, this does not entitle a Canadian-wide paid public holiday.
Employers in the said provinces of Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and Manitoba do have the ability to give their employees time off on this day, but are not required to do so. Although many have exercised this right, there is a large portion of these provinces’s workforce who still report to their jobs on November 11th.
So why have these provinces decided not to follow suit with the remainder of the country? Was the addition of Family Day in February, totalling ten throughout the year, deemed enough?
Opinions can certainly differ.
None the less, this doesn’t hinder those who are at work, from showing their support for this day of remembrance. The purchasing of poppies and holding the very important moment of silence at 11AM is still very much encouraged, whether you are at an office, school, hospital or construction site.
At The Rostie Group, we do just that.
We’re proud to support, and thank those who have made sacrifices which have given us the ability to service you and your business.