The Government of Canada has passed a bill creating the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, a new statutory holiday to commemorate the tragic legacy of residential schools in Canada. The bill creates a statutory holiday for employees in the federal government and federally-regulated workplaces, which will be observed on September 30 of each calendar year, beginning September 30, 2021.

The Government of Alberta has no imminent plans to add this holiday to the Employment Standards Code, and as such, this is currently not considered a general holiday in Alberta. No other Canadian province has adopted the new holiday as a statutory (general) holiday at this point.

What Does This Mean for Your Business?

Employers may choose to recognize this holiday at their business, or take other actions to acknowledge the tragic legacy of residential schools and to honour the survivors and their families.

How Can Your Business Show Support for Canada’s Indigenous Peoples?

  • Hire indigenous talent
  • Hire and train indigenous students
  • Work with local indigenous businesses. For example, hire an indigenous caterer for company gatherings
  • Provide indigenous cultural training for staff, and information on the history of indigenous peoples
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