Thanksgiving is behind us and November is just around the corner. Though many of you are still recovering from a turkey hangover, it won’t be long until some of us are given a day to honour those who have and continue to fight for our country – however before you plan ahead, you need to know if your province will be among those observing Remembrance Day in Canada.

Meant to give people a day to commemorate soldiers and veterans, Remembrance Day is celebrated from coast to coast on the 11th day of the 11th month – though only a few provinces recognize it as a stat holiday.

While it is a federal holiday, only 9 provinces and territories actually give their residents a day off.

Nunavut, Northwest Territories, Yukon, British Columbia, and Alberta; as well as Saskatchewan, New Found Land and Labrador, New Brunswick, and Price Edward Island, will all have the day to attend in-person services or take a moment of silence from home.

Alternatively, Ontario, Manitoba and Quebec do not enforce the holiday as a stat. Instead, employers can choose to observe the holiday as they see fit, which leaves Nova Scotia.

While Canada’s eastern province does not consider this a stat, their provincial Remembrance Day Act prohibits people from working, selling or purchasing goods or real estate – so plan accordingly.

If of course, your province is among those who do not celebrate, you can still participate from your desk by tuning into Ottawa’s annual ceremony virtually or simply by donating to the Poppy Fund – which helps Canada’s veterans and their families.

For more information, you can visit the Legion’s website here or the Government of Canada’s website here.