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Canada Announces Federal Holiday to Mourn Queen Elizabeth II

On September 13, 2022, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau declared September 19, 2022, a federal holiday and National Day of Mourning in Canada to honor the life and mark the passing of Queen Elizabeth II. The holiday will provide federal government employees with a day off. Federally regulated employers are not required to provide this holiday to employees.

The following provinces will observe the National Day of Mourning on September 19, but they will not have a public holiday:

  • Alberta

  • Manitoba

  • Ontario

  • Québec

  • Saskatchewan

The following provinces will have a holiday on September 19:

  • British Columbia

  • Newfoundland and Labrador

  • Nova Scotia

  • New Brunswick

  • Prince Edward Island

The provinces directly above will provide provincial employees with the holiday, by closing government offices and schools on September 19. Private-sector employers may choose to offer employees September 19 as a holiday, but there is no requirement to close operations for the day.

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Michael Comartin, Ogletree Deakins Law Firm, Labor and Employment Attorney

Michael is a partner in Ogletree Deakins’ Toronto office. His diverse practice spans all areas of employment law, labour law, privacy, wage and hours issues, human rights, accessibility, and employee benefits and executive compensation. Michael also has experience with class actions, appellate litigation, M&A/restructuring, and general litigation. He regularly represents employers in judicial review proceedings

Michael has appeared before the Court of Appeal for Ontario, the Divisional Court, the Superior Court of Justice, the Federal Court of Appeal, the Federal Court, the...

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Gloria is an articling student in the Toronto office of Ogletree Deakins.

Gloria holds a Juris Doctor from Osgoode Hall Law School and an Honours Bachelor of Science in Health and Disease, and Equity Studies from the University of Toronto.

In law school, Gloria worked for the Community and Legal Aid Services Program (CLASP). During her time at CLASP, Gloria represented low-income clients before administrative boards like the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, the Refugee Protection Division and the Immigration...