New federal holiday: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation



With the passing of Bill C-5, September 30 will be recognized as the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and is a statutory holiday for employees in the federal government and federally-regulated workplaces. Visit for a list of federally-regulated industries and workplaces.

What Canadian businesses need to know about the new September 30 holiday and how it might affect their payroll:

  • This holiday may impact your Payworks processing and pay dates. Payments Canada, the organization responsible for payment clearing and settlement, is federally-regulated and as such will not be moving money on Thursday, September 30.

    • For Payworks clients with a September 30 pay date, the pay date will move to Wednesday, September 29.
    • For Payworks clients with October 1, 4, and 5 pay dates, the processing dates will move to September 27, 28, and 29 respectively.

  • Non-federally-regulated workplaces may be closed. Provincial and territorial jurisdictions across Canada are recognizing the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation incongruously - meaning that schools, post-secondary institutions, some health sector workplaces, and Crown corporations could be closed in some provinces, but not in others. Visit for a list of links to explore the employment standards in specific jurisdictions across Canada.

  • Payworks clients who will be closed on September 30 can now add the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation to their Absence Management Holiday Calendars.

  • Payworks offices across the country will be closed on Thursday, September 30 in support of and to recognize the significance of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Our staff will resume regular office hours on Friday, October 1. To learn more, visit:

Have further questions? Payworks clients can reach out anytime to their dedicated Client Service Representative for more information.

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