New holiday for Prince Edward Island

'Islander Day' to be celebrated second Monday in February
||Last Updated: 12/12/2008

Prince Edward Island is getting a new public holiday.

The province has announced plans for Islander Day, to be celebrated the second Monday of every February, fulfilling a promise Premier Robert Ghiz made during the election campaign.

The province is the latest to join the ranks of Canadian jurisdictions with a February holiday, though Islander Day falls a week earlier than the Family Day holidays in Saskatchewan, Ontario and Alberta and Louis Riel Day in Manitoba, which are celebrated the third Monday of the month.

Ghiz told the Canadian Press that he expects the holiday to actually help businesses and the economy.

"There could be a cost-savings for businesses," he said. "We talked about how productivity increases after somebody has an additional day off."