National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Date: July 19, 2021
To: Heads of Human Resources, Directors/Chiefs of Labour, Relations and Compensation, and Public Service Pay Centre, Miramichi

The Government of Canada is committed to reconciliation and ensuring that the tragic history and ongoing legacy of residential schools is never forgotten.

As you may be aware, the government recently passed legislation to make September 30th a federal statutory holiday called the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Like all Canadians, this day provides an opportunity for each public servant to recognize and commemorate the legacy of residential schools. This may present itself as a day of quiet reflection or participation in a community event.

Our current collective agreements include provisions to allow for an additional designated holiday if one is proclaimed by an act of Parliament. As a result, the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation will become a designated paid holiday and will allow employees in the federal public service to observe and participate in this important day starting September 2021.

If you have any questions about the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation as it relates to the terms and conditions of employment for public servants, consult your Departmental Corporate Labour Relations Official who, if required will direct their questions to the Compensation and Collective Bargaining Management group at the following email address:

Original signed by

Stephen Diotte
Executive Director
Strategic Compensation Management
Employee Relations and Total Compensation
Office of the Chief Human Resources Officer

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