Nova Scotians to get February holiday

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Province seeking name for holiday

HALIFAX – Nova Scotians will soon enjoy a break between New Year's and Easter, thanks to a new February holiday.

The province introduced legislation Thursday to create a statutory holiday on the third Monday in February, beginning in 2015.

Labour and Advanced Education Minister Kelly Regan said the February Holiday Act will deliver on a commitment to hard-working Nova Scotians, while giving businesses the time they need to plan.

"A mid-winter holiday is something many Nova Scotians want, and now we're able to make it happen," said Ms. Regan. "A new holiday will give Nova Scotians more time to spend with family and friends, just as the majority of Canadians do."

The province will ask young Nova Scotians to help decide what the new holiday should be called.

Six other provinces have statutory holidays in February. It will give Nova Scotia workers and families six statutory holidays per year.

The February Holiday Act will amend four acts: the Labour Standards Code; the Retail Business Designated Day Closing Act; the Retail Business Uniform Closing Day Act; and the Interpretation Act.

 

Geographic location: Nova Scotia

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  • Jean Ripley
    December 06, 2013 - 16:05

    Why not call it "Family Day".