HomeNews1Sept. 19 Monday will be a federal holiday to mark Queen’s funeral, but most Ontarians will be working

Sept. 19 Monday will be a federal holiday to mark Queen’s funeral, but most Ontarians will be working

Sept. 19 Monday will be a federal holiday to mark Queen’s funeral, but most Ontarians will be working

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Monday, Sept. 19 will be a federal holiday and a day of mourning as Queen Elizabeth II is buried in the U.K.

“We will be working with the provinces and the territories to try and see that we’re aligned on this,” Trudeau said at a news conference in New Brunswick Tuesday. “There are still a few details to be worked out, but declaring an opportunity for Canadians to mourn on Monday is going to be important.”

“So for our part, we will be letting federal employees know that Monday will be a day of mourning,” he added.

Trudeau said the federal government has been in discussions with the government of the United Kingdom and Opposition leaders’ offices to sort out who will make up the delegation of Canadian officials travelling to the Queen’s funeral.

Trudeau said the federal government has been in discussions with the government of the United Kingdom and Opposition leaders’ offices to sort out who will make up the delegation of Canadian officials travelling to the Queen’s funeral.

While Trudeau has said Monday would be a “federal holiday,” which normally applies to public servants and federally regulated workers, Labour Minister Seamus O’Regan later said in a tweet that federally regulated workers will not get the day off automatically. He said it would only be for “federal government employees.”

That would mean the roughly 910,000 federally regulated private sector workers in Canada will not get a surprise long weekend, while the approximately 319,000 public servants will get one.

Industries included in the federally regulated private sector are air transportation, banks, grain elevators and feed/seed mills, First Nations band councils and Indigenous self-governments, most federal Crown corporations such as Canada Post, port services, courier services, radio and television broadcasting, railways, transportation services that cross provincial or international borders, telecommunications, and uranium mining or atomic energy workers.

Employees of the House of Commons, the Senate and the Library of Parliament are also included, as are private-sector firms and municipalities in Yukon, the Northwest Territories, and Nunavut.

But in Ontario, Doug Ford confirmed that his government would not declare Monday a public holiday for Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral next week.

Instead, the province will mark Sept. 19 as as provincial “Day of Mourning” for Ontarians. People can observe a moment of silence at 1:00 p.m. ET that day, Ford said in a statement.

Ford’s decision notes opting against a holiday will allows students to stay in school and learn about the contributions the Queen made to the people of Ontario and the entire Commonwealth, as well as the accession of King Charles III.

This article was reported by CBC on Sept 13, 2022.