In a statement Wednesday night, the Ontario government confirmed that the province would not make September 30, National Truth and Reconciliation Day. Greg Rickford, a spokesperson for Indigenous Affairs Minister said “National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is not a provincial holiday this year.”
Rickford explained “Employers and employees may agree to treat this day as such, and some may be required to do so if it has been negotiated into collective agreements or employment contracts,… Ontario is working in collaboration with the Indigenous partners, survivors, and affected families to ensure respectful commemoration of this day within the province, similar to Remembrance Day.”
To the everyday worker, this means only federally regulated businesses and organizations are required to give employees the day off. Last week, the Ontario government was still deciding on whether or not to make the day a statutory holiday. Other provinces such as New Brunswick, Alberta, and Saskatchewan have already decided not to make Sept. 30 a provincial statutory holiday.
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