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Nova Scotia Heritage Day 2019

National and public holidays in Nova Scotia, Canada Regional Holiday in Nova Scotia, Canada

Nova Scotia celebrates Heritage Day in Nova Scotia on the third Monday in August.
A sign at the entrance to the Canadian province of Nova Scotia by Dennis Jarvis, via Flickr

When is Heritage Day in Nova Scotia?

How long until Nova Scotia Heritage Day?
This holiday next takes place in 271 Days.
Dates of Nova Scotia Heritage Day
Year Weekday Date
2019 Monday
2018 Monday
2017 Monday
2016 Monday
2015 Monday
Regions
Nova Scotia
Summary
The third Monday in February is a holiday in Nova Scotia to celebrate the heritage of the province
Related holiday
Family Day

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 2018 will recognize Mona Louise Parsons, a member of the Dutch Resistance and the only Canadian woman to be imprisoned by the Germans during the Second World War.

Other days will recognize Mi'kmaq heritage (2017), Africville, Joseph Howe, Edward Francis Arab, Nora Bernard, Carrie Best, J. Willie Comeau, Grand-Pré National Historic Site, William Hall, Rita Joe, and Maud Lewis..

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.

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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