B.C. launches consultation process on new Family Day holiday
The B.C. government introduced legislation today (May 8) to create a statutory Family Day holiday in 2013.
A two-week consultation process was also launched to determine whether the holiday will be held on the second or third Monday of February.
“We want families to help us select a day that works best for them,” Minister of Labour, Citizens’ Services and Open Government Margaret MacDiarmid told the B.C. legislature as she introduced the bill.
“Because we recognize a new holiday will have an impact on our economy, we also want to hear from worker groups, educators as well as tourism and the broader business sector about how the timing of the new holiday will impact them and what their preferences are.”
A Family Day holiday in B.C. was proposed by Premier Christy Clark during the B.C. Liberal leadership race, and was announced during last year’s throne speech.
Five other Canadian provinces have a statutory holiday on the third Monday of February, which also coincides with President’s Day in the United States.
British Columbians can weigh in on their choice for the holiday on the government’s website or via Facebook or Twitter, using the hashtag #mybcfd.