Day of Mourning to be marked as Statutory Holiday on Prince Edward Island

The day of the Commemorative Ceremony (September 19, 2022) for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, who reigned as the Queen of Prince Edward Island and Canada for 70 years, will be considered a one-time statutory holiday in Prince Edward Island.

In response to the federal announcement, earlier today provincial Cabinet met to make a regulation change to declare September 19, 2022 a statutory holiday for all workers that are provincially regulated. Provincial government offices, schools in the Public Schools Branch, and la Commission scolaire de langue française will be closed for the day.   

September 19, 2022 will be treated like other statutory holidays as outlined in the Employment Standards Act for all provincially regulated employees.   Islanders are encouraged to spend the day commemorating the life of Queen Elizabeth II in whatever manner they choose. The Province also recognizes that many essential services and some employers will need to continue to operate as scheduled and the Employment Standards Act has provisions for those employees who work on statutory holidays.

The official Commemorative Ceremony will be held at St. Peter’s Cathedral Church in Charlottetown at 2:00 p.m. Due to limited space, the official Commemorative Ceremony will be by invitation only, however the ceremony will be live streamed and available for viewing through Government of PEI channels. More details on the Commemorative Ceremony will be shared in the coming days. 

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