Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has officially declared September 19 a national holiday in commemoration of the death of Queen Elizabeth II. In addition to the 10-day mourning period in Canada, a federal public holiday will also fall on the day of the Queen’s funeral, leading many of us to wonder…what will be open and closed monday?
Well, federal employees across Canada will actually get a day off, but that’s about it. While the federal furlough may be extended to workers in private and federally regulated industries, many provinces do not plan to shut down much, if at all, including Quebec.
Service Canada branches will be closed on September 19. However, Service Canada said it is adjusting its operations so those with pre-existing appointments are still served at a later date on a priority basis.
Additionally, Canada’s Labor Minister Seamus O’Reagan said other federally regulated employers are encouraged to take a day off or close for the day, but “they are not required to do so.” .
Canada Post has also indicated that they will not be in operation on September 19. ,” Canada Post tweeted.
As for banks across Canada, they will be fully operational. Quebec is a province that will not close at all (with the exception of Service Canada and Canada Post offices), but will still hold a “day of mourning” following the death of Queen Elizabeth.
This means that grocery stores, department stores, malls, schools and other businesses large and small are unlikely to be affected by the holidays.
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