Why Is Remembrance Day a Holiday For Some?

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Each November 11th, we commemorate the end of World War 1 in 1918 with Remembrance Day. Some workers have it as a holiday and others do not. Why?

Is my workplace federally regulated?

Remembrance Day is a statutory holiday for federally regulated businesses. These businesses are covered by the Canada Labour Code instead of the Act Respecting Labour Standards.

Some examples of these businesses are:

  • Radio stations
  • Telecoms
  • Banks
  • Postal service
  • Uranium extraction and refining
  • Nuclear energy industry
  • Any related to boat, train, or plane transport.

These are generally services that can be provided in one province as easily as another, or between provinces.

Employees covered by the Canada Labour Code are generally entitled to the same holidays as those provided by the Act Respecting Labour Standards. However, they also have Remembrance Day and the day after Christmas.

Of course, your collective agreement or your workplace may give you these holidays even if you do not work in a federally regulated business.

NEW! Since September 1, 2020, interns in all federally regulated industries and workplaces are entitled to a statutory holiday for Remembrance Day.