As most, if not, all of you are aware, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has passed away at 96 years old, after an incredible 70 years on the throne.
As the longest-reigning British monarch and the only Queen many of us have ever known, people all over the globe have taken the last week to reflect but the government has confirmed that the country will get a proper day to mourn on September 19th, the day of Her Late Majesty’s funeral.
“We have … chosen to move forward with a federal holiday on Monday,” the Prime Minister said during a recent conference in New Brunswick. “Declaring an opportunity for Canadians to mourn on Monday is important.”
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So what exactly does this mean for workers?
Well, as of right now only federal government employees will get the day off – but as Trudeau shared in the conference, he will be working with provinces and the territories (who make their own decisions about which holidays to observe) to work out further details.
This, of course, is not the first time the country has observed the death of a monarch.
In 1952, a similar announcement was made after the passing of the Queen’s father King George VI.
As always, we will keep you updated on this, but In the meantime, plan ahead – Monday, September 19th is now officially a federal holiday to mourn the Queen.