Trudeau announces federal holiday to mark Queen Elizabeth II's funeral

Exactly what this means for Canadian organizations and employees has yet to be announced

Trudeau announces federal holiday to mark Queen Elizabeth II's funeral

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced that September 19th will be a federal holiday in honour of Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral.

The move comes as more Commonwealth countries announced bank holidays and days of morning following The Queen’s passing. The UK has similarly declared September 19th a holiday, with several large shops and businesses opting to close their doors as a mark of respect.

"We will be working with the provinces and the territories to try and see that we're aligned on this. There are still a few details to be worked out," CTV News reports Trudeau as saying. "Declaring an opportunity for Canadians to mourn on Monday is going to be important.”

Exactly what this means for Canadian organizations and employees has yet to be announced – and more details are expected to follow soon.

Earlier this month, Trudeau posted his own respects to The Royal Family, adding: “For most Canadians, we have known no other Sovereign. Queen Elizabeth II was a constant presence in our lives. Time and again, Her Majesty marked Canada’s modern history. Over the course of 70 years and twenty-three Royal Tours, Queen Elizabeth II saw this country from coast to coast to coast and was there for our major, historical milestones.

“She would proclaim ‘it was good to be home’ when returning to her beloved Canada. She was indeed at home here, and Canadians never ceased to return her affection.”

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