Family Day in Ontario

There is no federally established Family Day. This holiday was first observed in Alberta in 1990.   Family Day was meant to reflect the values of family and home that were important to the pioneers who founded Alberta, and to give workers the opportunity to spend more time with their families.  Twenty-seven years later, it was introduced in Saskatchewan.

On October 12, 2007, Dalton McGuinty established Family Day on the third Monday in February, to be first observed on February 18, 2008. Its creation raised Ontario’s number of statutory holidays to nine per year.  It was met with mixed reaction.  Business claimed the cost was prohibitive.  Jack Layton said, “Families are working harder each year, and one study showed that the average working family in Canada is working 250 hours longer each and every year. That’s why families are feeling really stressed and they need time together.”  He called for a national holiday but that has never happened.

On May 28, 2012, the BC government announced that Family Day would be observed on the second Monday in February each year, starting February 11, 2013New Brunswick joined in 2018.  Manitoba celebrates Louis Riel Day in February since 2008; Prince Edward Island celebrates Islander Day since 2010.  Since 2015 Nova Scotia Heritage Day has celebrated a different heritage event in February each year.

All of which means that, while all the stores will be closed, your mail will be delivered.

REMINDER: On March 7 we are meeting (after walking) for our “annual meeting.”  There will be food!  See the events section of the website for details.  Don’t forget to note your calendar and start collecting gear to be swapped and donated.

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