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For most non-government employees, Sept. 30 will be a regular working day this year

Is Sept. 30 a day off for you?

Whether you are obligated to work on the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation depends on your employer.

Since the federal government declared Sept. 30 a federal statutory holiday to commemorate the history of residential schools and recognition of the ongoing trauma to Indigenous peoples, there has been confusion as to whom the holiday pertains to.

Because it is a federal stat holiday, all federal employees receive the day off.

In B.C., officials with the Ministry of Finance say public-sector employers and employees who would normally be entitled to provincial and federal holidays have been asked to observe the day "in recognition of obligations in the vast majority of collective agreements."

Because of this all public and post-secondary schools, research universities, Crown corporations and provincial government offices will be closed.

In a statement to Castanet, ministry officials say provincially-regulated businesses should review their own collective agreements to determine their obligations to employees.

"We encourage employees to reach out to their employer if they are unsure about whether the stat day applies to them,"the statement read.

"Most private sector employers will remain open unless they choose to recognize the holiday for their staff this year."

The holiday for provincial employees is an interim measure for this year only.

The government says it will engage with Indigenous partners and the business and labour communities to determine the most appropriate way to commemorate the day in years to come.

Editors note: This story was updated on Sept. 15 to remove that child care centres would be closed on Sept. 30. The provincial government followed up days after the story was published to correct their erroneous statement. Parents and guardians should check with their child care provider directly about their plans for September 30.



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