Ontario gets February holiday

Premier Dalton McGuinty follows through on Family Day

Creating a new holiday in February is Premier Dalton McGuinty's first act after he and his Liberal party won the majority in this month's Ontario election.

The new statutory holiday, a pre-election promise, is called Family Day and will come into force on the third Monday of February, 2008.

"There is nothing more valuable to families than time together. And yet it seems tougher than ever to find, with so many of us living such busy lives," said McGuinty.

The addition of the Family Day holiday gives Ontario workers a total of nine statutory holidays per year, putting the province on par with Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia.

The first Monday in August is observed as a civic holiday in many Ontario municipalities, however, it's not a statutory holiday under the Employment Standards Act.

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