Confusion reigns over February holiday

Workers expect the new holiday but not all employers are taking the day off
By Shannon Klie
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 02/07/2008

In the long, cold stretch between New Year’s Day and Easter, Ontario and Manitoba’s new February holiday offers a welcome respite to workers in those provinces. However, some employees who are expecting to get Feb. 18 off might be disappointed, according to a recent survey.

The Human Resources Professionals Association of Ontario (HRPAO) surveyed more than 3,000 members and found 17.6 per cent of respondents will not provide Family Day while another 18.4 per cent will compensate for the holiday by using an existing floater holiday.

With the additions of Family Day (Ontario) and Louis Riel Day (Manitoba), provincially regulated employers have to provide nine paid holidays in Ontario and eight days in Manitoba.