Sep 09, 2021
By Jane Brown
While this September 30th marks the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, it will not be a statutory holiday, outside of federally regulated workplaces, in Ontario.
A statement from a spokesperson for Ontario’s Indigenous Affairs Minister Greg Rickford says “employers and employees may agree to treat this day as such, and some may be required to do so if it has been negotiated into collective agreements or employment contracts.”
The statement goes on to say, “Ontario is working in collaboration with indigenous partners, survivors and affected families to ensure the respectful commemoration of this day within the province, similar to Remembrance Day.”
This means, only federally regulated businesses and organizations are required to give employees the day off, or a day in lieu for working, on September 30th.
The Trudeau Liberals established the new statutory holiday in July to commemorate the tragic legacy of residential schools in Canada.
The decision is in response to the 80th call to action in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report.