National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in Canada in 2023

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in Canada in 2023
  How long until National Day for Truth and Reconciliation?
National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
  Dates of National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in Canada
2024 Sep 30
CanadaMon, Sep 30Government Holiday
British ColumbiaMon, Sep 30Regional Holiday
ManitobaMon, Sep 30Government Holiday
Northwest TerritoriesMon, Sep 30Regional Holiday
Nova ScotiaMon, Sep 30Regional Holiday
NunavutMon, Sep 30Regional Holiday
Prince Edward IslandMon, Sep 30Regional Holiday
YukonMon, Sep 30Regional Holiday
2023 Sep 30
CanadaSat, Sep 30Regional Holiday
British ColumbiaSat, Sep 30Regional Holiday
ManitobaSat, Sep 30Government Holiday
Northwest TerritoriesSat, Sep 30Regional Holiday
Nova ScotiaSat, Sep 30Regional Holiday
NunavutSat, Sep 30Regional Holiday
Prince Edward IslandSat, Sep 30Regional Holiday
YukonSat, Sep 30Regional Holiday
2022 Sep 30
CanadaFri, Sep 30Regional Holiday
Northwest TerritoriesFri, Sep 30Regional Holiday
Nova ScotiaFri, Sep 30Regional Holiday
NunavutFri, Sep 30Regional Holiday
Prince Edward IslandFri, Sep 30Regional Holiday
2021 Sep 30
CanadaThu, Sep 30Regional Holiday
ManitobaThu, Sep 30Government Holiday
Nova ScotiaThu, Sep 30Regional Holiday

A statutory holiday to commemorate the tragic legacy of residential schools in Canada.

  Which regions observe National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in 2023?
National Holiday Regional Holiday Not a public holiday Govt Holiday

When is the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation?

The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is a statutory holiday for employees in the federal government and federally regulated workplaces in Canada on September 30th.

The day is intended to educate and remind Canadians about the history of residential schools, honour the victims and celebrate the survivors.

About the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

In June 2021, a bill creating a statutory holiday to commemorate the tragic legacy of residential schools in Canada received royal assent after passing unanimously in the Senate.

The bill creates a statutory holiday for employees in the federal government and federally regulated workplaces.

Canadian Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault says the objective is to create a chance for Canadians to learn about and reflect on a dark chapter in their country’s history and to commemorate the survivors, their families, and their communities, as called for by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and Indigenous leaders.

Over the course of more than 100 years, some 150,000 Indigenous children were ripped from their families and forced to attend church-run residential schools, where many suffered physical and sexual abuse, malnutrition, and neglect. More than 4,000 are believed to have died.


While the government of Alberta “encourages all Albertans to reflect on the legacy of residential schools” on Sept. 30, it’s leaving the implementation of a statutory holiday up to individual employers for provincially-regulated industries.

“For provincially-regulated industries, the question on a work holiday is a decision for individual employers, unless an employee’s employment contract or collective bargaining agreement specifically grants federally-regulated holidays,” explained Adrienne South, press secretary for Alberta’s Ministry of Indigenous Relations.

In March 2023, Edmonton city council designated Sept. 30th a civic holiday.

British Columbia

On March 9th, 2023, British Columbia’s Bill 2, National Day for Truth and Reconciliation Act (Bill 2) received Royal Assent.  Bill 2 came into force on the date of Royal Assent.

Bill 2 amends British Columbia’s Employment Standards Act (ESA) to provide eligible workers in British Columbia a new statutory holiday, the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, to be observed annually on September 30th. As noted by the BC government, this holiday commemorates the history and legacy of Canada’s residential school system. 


The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation will not be a statutory holiday in Manitoba in 2023, Premier Heather Stefanson has said.

The premier cited the need for ongoing consultations, more than a year after her Progressive Conservative government began to study the idea.

“There isn’t necessarily agreement on what that day should look like and we want Indigenous people having the say in what that will look like moving forward as well.”

The Manitoba government closed non-essential offices and services on Sept. 30 last year, giving most of its workers that day off. Schools from kindergarten to Grade 12 were also closed. That is to continue this year, Stefanson said.

“We will recognize and we do recognize Orange Shirt Day and Sept. 30 as a provincial day of observance – a time to reflect, a time to remember,” Stefanson said.

The Opposition New Democrats have introduced bills in the legislature that would make the day a statutory holiday, but the bills have not been passed by the Tory majority.

New Brunswick

New Brunswick has decided not to make it a provincial holiday. That means employers are not obligated to give the day off. All provincial services, including schools, will be business as usual on Sept. 30, while all private companies will have to decide whether to close and give employees the day off. 

In making the announcement Tuesday, Premier Blaine Higgs urged New Brunswickers to take time to reflect.

"Our government encourages everyone to use this day as an opportunity to consider what each of us can do as individuals to advance reconciliation and help to create a better, more inclusive province," he said. "While September 30th will be observed in New Brunswick, it will not be a statutory holiday."

North West Territories

The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) has amended the Employment Standards Act (Act) to add the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation to the list of statutory holidays, to be observed on September 30th annually, beginning in 2022.

This holiday gives all Northwest Territories (NWT) residents an opportunity to acknowledge the territory’s colonial history and the legacy of residential schools

Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia says government offices, public schools and regulated child care will be closed on Sept. 30 in recognition of Truth and Reconciliation Day, the newest statutory holiday. Businesses will have the choice, as they do on other occasions, to remain open.

"We encourage all Nova Scotians, whether you are working or in school, to make time on Sept. 30 for important discussions about Canada's history of residential schools," Premier Tim Houston said in a release.


In August 2022 the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation received assent by Eva Aariak, the Commissioner of Nunavut, at the Spring Legislative Assembly.  

In accordance with the amendments made to the Labour Standards Act, Legislation Act and Public Service Act, September 30th is now a designated statutory holiday in Nunavut which applies to Nunavut public services employees and employees of territorially regulated businesses.


The Ontario government has announced that Sept. 30 will not be a provincial statutory holiday.

In an emailed statement, a spokesman for Minister of Indigenous Affairs, Greg Rickford, said that National Truth and Reconciliation Day is not a provincial holiday in Ontario, but that “employers and employees may agree to treat this day as such, and some may have to do so if it has been negotiated in collective agreements or employment contracts ”.

However, “Ontario Public Service employees will be observing a day of remembrance, similar to Remembrance Day and Easter Monday,” Pickford added.

Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island amended its Employment Standards Act after the holiday’s 2021 observance to add the day to the province’s list of paid holidays.


The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, will be observed on September 30. This is a new statutory holiday for employees in federally regulated workplaces or those who have a collective bargaining agreement that identifies they will observe federal statutory holidays. The day is not a statutory holiday in Saskatchewan for employees who are not federally regulated.


The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is on track to become a statutory holiday in the Yukon.

The decision to recognize the day was sparked by a public survey, which showed 66 per cent of those who responded were in favor of the stat.

Orange Shirt Day

The date of September 30th is to mark Orange Shirt Day, an unofficial day that has been observed since 2013 in memory of a piece of clothing then-six-year-old Phyllis Webstad had taken from her on her first day at a residential school in 1973.

Orange Shirt Day

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