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Most of Canada celebrates with a long weekend in the dead of winter


February 14, 2020
By Todd Humber


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This is a long weekend in much of Canada — a much needed break in the dead of winter.

Workers in New Brunswick, Alberta, Ontario, Saskatchewan and British Columbia get the third Monday off in February to celebrate family.

A holiday by any other name

Prince Edward Island takes the same day off, but it’s called P.E.I. Islander Day. Manitoba also gives the third Monday as a holiday — but it’s Louis Riel Day. Nova Scotia calls it Heritage Day, and celebrates someone or something different each year — in 2020, it’s honouring Africville.

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“As 2020 will mark the 10th anniversary of the Africville apology, we will honour this National Historic Site, which holds great significance to the African Nova Scotian community,” the government states on its website.

Sorry, Ottawa, Quebec and St. John’s

If you’re in the federal public sector or a federally regulated workplace, well — you’re out of luck. No February holiday for you.

Same goes for our friends in Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador and the territories. But there’s always next year, right?

From the team at Talent Canada and Annex Business Media, we wish the best to you and your family. Regular posts will resume on Tuesday morning.


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