BC Family Day being moved to third week of February

Feb 10 2018, 5:05 am

Mark your calendars! BC’s Family Day is officially being moved.

Starting next year, the February holiday will land on the the third Monday of the month, so “families across the country can celebrate together,” announced Premier John Horgan today.

Family Day was established in British Columbia in 2013, following a consultation process that had recommended the holiday be on either the second or third Monday of February.

The government of the day decided on the second Monday of the month.

However, complaints that the date chosen didn’t line up with February stat days in other provinces –as well as in the US –  soon followed the decision.

In announcing the change for 2019, Horgan said Family Day will now be “better aligned” for businesses and families.

“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 Horgan.

The decision, he added, “gives families an opportunity to schedule and spend more time with loved ones from other provinces.”

The move was welcomed by Anita Huberman,  CEO of the Surrey Board of Trade CEO.

“The misalignment of Family Day causes inconvenience, increased costs, and lost opportunity for businesses of all sizes and in various industries,” she said.

“The economic benefit from this change will greatly assist our members, and especially small- and medium-sized businesses, across the province.”

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