Nova Scotia Heritage Day around the world in 2023

Nova Scotia Heritage Day around the world in 2023

  How long until Nova Scotia Heritage Day?
Nova Scotia Heritage Day
  Dates of Nova Scotia Heritage Day around the world
2023 CanadaFeb 20
Nova Scotia Mon, Feb 20Regional Holiday
2022 CanadaFeb 21
Nova Scotia Mon, Feb 21Regional Holiday
2021 CanadaFeb 15
Nova Scotia Mon, Feb 15Regional Holiday
2020 CanadaFeb 17
Nova Scotia Mon, Feb 17Regional Holiday
2019 CanadaFeb 18
Nova Scotia Mon, Feb 18Regional Holiday

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.

The 2022 Honouree is The Landscape of Grand Pré World Heritage Site

To mark the 10th anniversary of the Landscape of Grand-Pré becoming a UNESCO World Heritage site, Nova Scotia will celebrate the rich heritage of this landscape which features an exceptional traditional agricultural settlement still in use today and an iconic place of memory for the Acadian diaspora.

the Landscape of Grand-Pré is located in the southern Minas Basin of Nova Scotia, the Grand-Pré marshland and archaeological sites constitute a cultural landscape bearing testimony to the development of agricultural farmland using dykes and the aboiteau wooden sluice system, started by the Acadians in the 17th century and further developed and maintained by the Planters and present-day inhabitants.

Over 1,300 hectares, the cultural landscape encompasses a large expanse of polder farmland and archaeological elements of the towns of Grand-Pré and Hortonville, which were built by the Acadians and their successors.

The landscape is an exceptional example of the adaptation of the first European settlers to the conditions of the North American Atlantic coast, which was made possible with the help and vital support of the Mi’kmaw people. The site is also inscribed as a major place of memory to Acadians.

On June 30th, 2012, the Landscape of Grand-Pré became Canada’s 16th World Heritage Site, listed by UNESCO and 2022 will mark its 10th year anniversary.

Heritage day in 2021  honoured 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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