BC Family Day will shift to third week of February in 2019


"The misalignment of Family Day causes inconvenience, increase costs, and list opportunity for businesses of all sizes and in various industries", said Anita Huberman, CEO Surrey Board of Trade.

The change will bring it in line with the statutory holiday in other provinces. "The economic benefit from this change will greatly assist our members, and especially small- and medium-sized businesses, across the province".

British Columbia is falling into step with the rest of the country by moving its Family Day to the third Monday in February, starting next year.

"Moving Family Day is the right thing to do for businesses small and large, and is better for families who may be spread out across the country", said Premier Horgan in a news release Friday.

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The previous government decided to make Family Day, introduced in 2013, the second Monday in February so that British Columbians would get the chance to enjoy the local ski hills without competition from visitors.

Starting next year, British Columbians will celebrate Family Day at the same time as the majority of Canadians.

The Liberal government, under premier Christy Clark at the time, chose the second Monday. PEI's Islander Day and Louis Riel Day in Manitoba are celebrated on the third Monday in February.