Family Day History
Family Day seeks to allow Canadians from certain provinces to enjoy a break between New Year's and Easter while emphasizing the importance of family life. Family Day originally began in the province of Alberta. In 1990, the Family Day Act was passed and Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, Helen Hunley, declared the third Monday of every February a provincial public holiday known as Alberta Family Day.
It took nearly two decades before other provinces began to create February holidays known as Family Days, Saskatchewan in 2007, Ontario in 2008 and British Columbia in 2013. Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario celebrate Family Day on the third Monday of February whereas British Columbia has chosen to celebrate it on the second Monday in February. Four other provinces and territories have created their own February holidays while the remaining five are currently under heavy pressure to conform with the rest of the country.
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