Surrey Board of Trade Pleased with Family Day Change in BC – Legislation Tabled on October 2

SURREY – The Surrey Board of Trade is pleased to see BILL M 210 – 2018 FAMILY DAY AMENDMENT ACT, 2018, was tabled this morning in the legislature.

“We have been advocating for years to have BC be in sync with the rest of Canada,” said CEO Anita Huberman.

While British Columbia has a statutory holiday (Family Day) on the 2nd Monday of February, five other provinces observe holidays on the 3rd Monday of February, which is also a federal holiday in the United States of America. For companies that conduct business in other parts of Canada or in the United States, this misalignment of holidays creates a barrier to commerce and trade and is an inconvenience to businesses of all sizes and sectors. Alignment of BC’s Family Day with the February holidays of neighbouring jurisdictions is necessary to ensure that business productivity and economic activity is not unduly adversely affected by the holiday.

“We have heard from our members, particularly those that have business connections and clients throughout Canada and the USA, that this holiday misalignment causes workplace challenges and financial impacts.

The Surrey Board of Trade is pleased that the BC Government has put the interest of businesses first to ensure that economic growth is not hindered by artificial barriers such as misaligned holidays.

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Contact Anita Huberman, CEO,, 604-340-3899 for more information.