Nova Scotia Heritage Day in Nova Scotia in 2021

Nova Scotia Heritage Day in Nova Scotia in 2021

  Dates of Nova Scotia Heritage Day in Nova Scotia
2022 Mon, Feb 21Regional Holiday
2021 Mon, Feb 15Regional Holiday
2020 Mon, Feb 17Regional Holiday
2019 Mon, Feb 18Regional Holiday
2018 Mon, Feb 19Regional Holiday
  Summary
The third Monday in February is a holiday in Nova Scotia to celebrate the heritage of the province
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When is Heritage Day in Nova Scotia?

Heritage Day in Nova Scotia is a provincial holiday celebrated on the third Monday in February in Nova Scotia.

Heritage Day replaces the Family Day Holiday observed on the third Monday of February in other areas of Canada.

History of Heritage Day in Nova Scotia

Introduced in 2015, each year this holiday will honour a different person or event, chosen by Nova Scotian school children.

The first subject was Viola Desmond.

Heritage day in 2021 will honour Edward Francis Arab. Edward was the grandson of some of the first Lebanese immigrants to Halifax. He graduated from Dalhousie University law school and practised until he enlisted in the army.

2020 marked the 10th anniversary of the Africville apology, and Heritage Day honoured this National Historic Site, which holds great significance to the African Nova Scotian community.

Other days have or will recognize Maud Lewis (2019), Mona Louise Parsons (2018), Mi'kmaq heritage (2017), Joseph Howe, Nora Bernard, Carrie Best, J. Willie Comeau, Grand-Pré National Historic Site, William Hall, Rita Joe.

As the holiday is a provincial holiday, federal employees may not have the day off. The post will be operating and banks and restaurants are allowed to open. Supermarkets, malls and banks will be closed, along with schools and public libraries. Public transport will operate on a different schedule to a normal Monday.

Some businesses may stay closed as opening on a holiday means they have to pay employees extra to work on a holiday as according to the Nova Scotia Labour Standards Code, any employee who works on the holiday will get holiday pay, plus extra pay for the time they actually worked on the holiday; alternatively, they will get their regular pay for the day plus another paid day off.

Note that the holiday pay provisions do not apply to unionized employees who work under collective agreements, but many unionized employees will still get Heritage Day as a holiday, as statutory holidays often form part of collective agreements.

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