City of Vancouver recognizes September 19 as a civic holiday

City Hall will close, but park board facilities and library branches will open

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      The Straight received the following notice from the City of Vancouver today (September 15). It is reprinted below in its entirety.

      Earlier this week, the federal and provincial governments announced a national holiday on Monday, September 19, 2022 to mark the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II. This morning, following the lead of the federal and provincial governments, Vancouver City Council declared September 19 as a civic holiday.

      City Hall will be closed on Monday. Other essential City public services will continue operating, and 3-1-1 will remain open from 7 am to 10 pm as usual. More information is available for City Services at:

      Park Board facilities will be open and will be adding options for families who find themselves without childcare and/or youth care support. Recreation facilities will remain open as they have been deemed an essential service to their communities. The Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation will be posting a list of additional programs being offered for school-aged children on Monday, September 19 at [] at 10 a.m. on Friday, September 16.

      Vancouver Public Library branches will remain open as per usual Monday hours. More information can be found at

      As a City of Reconciliation, the City maintains its commitment to advancing the Truth and Reconciliation calls-to-action, including the importance of educating the public on the ongoing impacts of colonization. The City recognizes that this day will likely bring up a variety of complex and varied emotions for people of all backgrounds, and we encourage people across Vancouver to use the day as one of reflection.