CFIB statement on a federal holiday for the Queen’s funeral
Note: After the release of this statement, the federal government clarified that Sept. 19 will be a paid holiday for the federal civil service only.
Toronto, September 13, 2022 – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is urging provincial governments not to declare next Monday, Sept. 19, a statutory paid holiday following the federal government’s announcement of a federal paid holiday.
With a six-day notice, it would be deeply unfair for small businesses and cost the economy billions.
For many small businesses, such as restaurants, hotels and movie theatres, this would mean paying more in order to stay open.
Small businesses are already struggling with labour shortages and requiring them to close or pay time and a half to their employees with no notice would be extremely costly or result in a day’s lost productivity.
The provinces should follow the suit of the United Kingdom and leave Monday as a commemorative holiday with no requirement for businesses to close or pay in lieu. Guidance for workers and employers in United Kingdom can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/bank-holiday-announced-for-her-majesty-queen-elizabeth-iis-state-funeral-on-monday-19-september.
– Dan Kelly, President, Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB)
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