Statutory Holiday Update: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

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With the passing of Bill C-5 in 2021, September 30 was established as the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and is a statutory holiday for employees in the federal government and federally-regulated workplaces. Visit canada.ca/en/services/jobs/workplace/federally-regulated-industries for a list of federally-regulated industries and workplaces.

Since that time, other provincial and territorial jurisdictions have also passed legislation making National Day for Truth and Reconciliation a provincial statutory holiday – Prince Edward Island as well as the Northwest Territories.

What Canadian businesses need to know about the 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 September 30.

    • For Payworks clients with a September 30 pay date, the pay date will move to Thursday, September 29.

    • For Payworks clients with October 3 and 4 pay dates, the processing dates will move to September 28 and 29 respectively.

  • National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is a provincial statutory holiday in the Province of Prince Edward Island, meaning provincial government offices and schools will be closed. Other businesses and organizations may also decide to observe. For more information on who qualifies for paid holidays, visit: .https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/economic-growth-tourism-and-culture/paid-holidays.

  • National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is a territorial statutory holiday in the Northwest Territories with the passing of Bill 47, meaning territorial government offices and schools will be closed and other businesses and organizations may also decide to observe. For more information on who qualifies for paid holidays, visit: https://www.ece.gov.nt.ca/sites/ece/files/resources/2021_08-_factsheet-_employment_standards_-_english_0.pdf

  • Other 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 payworks.ca/payroll-resources/provincial_government_links 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 add the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation to their Absence Management Holiday Calendars.

  • Payworks offices across the country will be closed on September 30 in support of and to recognize the significance of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. 

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

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