Family Day isn’t a federally mandated statutory holiday.
Alberta was way ahead of the game in 1990 establishing this holiday in mid-February. Brilliant idea to break up the endless winter! With the tricky way Easter falls, it can sometimes be April before there is a government-mandated break!
British Columbia did not establish this holiday until 2012. And for some reason… it’s on a different day. This won’t affect most people, but for the many people who work for national or international companies, it can be a pain and disrupt efficiency. And if you’d like to take advantage of the day off and arrange a visit with family living in another province, it’s not going to happen on Family Day.
What do you think – should Canada synchronize the holiday with other provinces or stand alone and enjoy our day off on our own?
UPDATE! The government announced that Family Day in BC will align with the other provinces in Canada and move to the third weekend in February beginning next year, 2019!