BC government

Tuesday afternoon, Premier John Horgan announced that to recognize the new federal holiday to honour the late Queen Elizabeth II, all schools K-12, public post-secondary institutions and most Crown corporations will be closed. 

The national holiday will be observed by federal employees this upcoming Monday,  September 19th.

“Our government will follow the lead of the federal government and join with other provinces in observing the national day of mourning to mark the Queen’s funeral,” said Horgan in his statement. 

“This will be a national day to reflect on the incredible life of Canada’s Queen and the longest-serving monarch in British history.” 

Horgan said in his statement that he “advises provincial public-sector employers to honour this day in recognition of the obligations around federal holidays in the vast majority of provincial collective agreements.”

This announcement came on the heels of the federal government’s decision on the holiday, but they stipulated that it would be up to provincial leadership to determine if its residents would observe the holiday as a statutory (stat) holiday. 

On Monday there will be a commemorative procession and service held in Victoria at Christ Church Cathedral for Queen Elizabeth II, whose passing brought on an outpouring of BC residents who want to mourn the late Queen. 

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