Some Manitoba government employees will have the day off Monday to mark the death of Queen Elizabeth


Manitoba government employees who work in non-essential services will have Monday off to mourn the death of Queen Elizabeth, according to the province.

All non-essential government services and offices will be closed on September 19, the day of the Queen’s funeral, the provincial government announced in a news release on Tuesday afternoon.

Schools, daycares and healthcare spaces will remain open.

Manitoba Premier Heather Stefanson encouraged all Manitobans to take time Monday “to reflect on Her late Majesty’s special relationship with our province and her innumerable contributions to our country and to the Commonwealth as a whole.”

She also encouraged schools to observe a minute of silence, according to a statement from the province.

The announcement came hours after the federal government said federal employees will have a single federal holiday on Monday to mark the day of the funeral.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has left it to provincial and territorial governments to determine whether Monday should be commemorated as a holiday.

Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island announced they would make Monday a statutory holiday, but Manitoba and several other provinces refrained from doing so.

Ottawa has not extended the vacation requirement to federally regulated industries, such as banks and airlines. Provincial governments regulate approximately 85-90% of workers in Canada.

Manitoba’s provincial government has announced it is also planning a 21-gun salute, followed by a royal 96-gun salute to honor each of the Queen’s 96 years of life, which will coincide with the federal memorial service. in Ottawa on Monday.

The Manitoba event will take place on the South Field of the Manitoba Legislative Grounds.

The provincial government is also holding an invitation-only memorial service Monday at 7 p.m. at St. John’s Anglican Cathedral in Winnipeg.

Manitobans are invited to sign condolence books for the Queen during the mourning period at the Legislative Assembly, Winnipeg City Hall, Brandon City Hall, Steinbach City Hall or at Thompson City Hall.

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