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Family Day: Why is The Government of Ontario adding a Public Holiday?

Submitted by Jasmina on Fri, 2008-02-15 18:10.
2008-02-18 00:00
2008-02-18 23:59

On October 11, 2007, following the 2007 fall Ontario election campaign when Premier Dalton McGuinty was re-elected, The Government of Ontario committed to add a holiday in February to increase the number of public holidays to nine per year. Recognizing that Ontarians work very hard and deserve more time to spend with the people they love, they declared the third Monday in February Family Day.

This additional holiday gives Ontarians the same number of statutory holidays as Alberta and British Columbia. Family Day is also recognized in Alberta, Saskatchewan and several other countries across the world including South Africa and Australia.

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Whatever you choose to do this Family Day, I hope you enjoy your long weekend. I wish you and your family a happy and safe holiday.