Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said September 19 will be a federal holiday in mourning for Queen Elizabeth II on the day of her state funeral in London.
“Announcing an opportunity for Canadians to mourn on Monday would be significant,” Trudeau said at a party retreat in New Brunswick on Tuesday.
He also said his government would work with provinces and territories to ensure “bias”.
Monday will be a holiday for federal employees and workers in federally regulated industries, including banks, airlines and crown companies. It will be up to provincial and territorial governments to decide whether to declare other workplaces and schools a holiday.
Quebec Premier François Legault was asked about the possibility of campaigning in Montreal on Tuesday. He told reporters that it would be a day of remembrance and not a public holiday.
The president and CEO of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business said six days was not enough.
“CFIB urges county governments not to declare next Monday a statutory (paid) holiday,” Dan Kelly said on Twitter on Tuesday.
“The provinces should follow in the footsteps of the United Kingdom, rather than the Government of Canada.”
Monday is the UK’s national bank holiday, which means workers are not entitled to time off. According to the UK government website, “Employers may include public holidays as part of a worker’s leave entitlement”.
In Canada, there are 12 paid leave at the federal level. Unpaid federal holidays in all counties include Memorial Day and National Truth and Reconciliation Day, which is September 30.
There will also be memorial services for the Queen’s funeral in Canada on Monday, including a procession, an air route and a church service in Ottawa that will be broadcast nationwide.
Trudeau said he and the offices of opposition leaders are working on a final list for the delegation that will attend the funeral in person.