Is It Time to Rethink Statutory Holidays?

As I sat sipping my tea this morning ( a nice cup of peppermint), I started thinking about Good Friday and having the day off work for many of us here in Toronto, Canada.

Us Canadians get a few statutory holidays, and today was one of them, that means if you work, you get the day off with pay..but what if you do not celebrate the holiday? You still get the day off and the pay. I thought is it time to rethink statutory holidays.

I sat and was thinking about what if instead of selected days off where everything closes down on everybody since Canada is now a much more diverse nation, why not do away with the religious statutory holidays? Instead why do we not mandate that you can have  paid 3  additional vacation days a year making up for Easter, Good Friday and Christmas. Yes Canada was primarily settled with those with Christian beliefs but we now are a diverse nation with many a religion.

With those 3 days if you celebrate a different faith you can use them to celebrate what you believe with the paid time off  instead of having to use existing days off or taking unpaid time off as many do today. If you don’t celebrate a faith you can have them for your own mental health days or to spend time with your family when you want it.

This way as well the economy of the nation does not stop on these 3 days. Why should we after all we do not stop for Passover, Eid, or any other holy day? Does my thinking make sense?

Yes sometimes when I am drinking tea, I have some pretty deep thoughts.

Are we ready to embrace the right to celebrate our own faiths? Ready to say we need a new way of including all?

My thinking is give me the option. Give me my Easter, Christmas and Good Friday off but those with differing thoughts and beliefs can have their days off with pay too, and you know what they can work when I need to be off and I can do the same on their holy days.

What do you think?


4 thoughts to “Is It Time to Rethink Statutory Holidays?”

  1. I think a lot of people would agree with you for sure, but while I understand that not all celebrate these days, I appreciate that on only a few days a year the country does stop, takes a breath and enjoys a day off work regardless of the reason. I think that workplaces provide personal days that many use to take off other religious times. That said, the one day I absolutely think the country should stop working is Canada Day. I used to remember that nothing was open on Canada Day and that it always happened on the 1st of July. Now, it seems we celebrate close to a weekend, and almost everything is open.
    A really interesting thing to think about. I hadn't really taken time to consider alternatives to Stat holidays.
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    1. Hey Kerrie I think that certain holidays like Victoria Day Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Canada Day should remain as they are.

  2. If Passover were a statutory holiday, how many days would one get off? What about non-religious (but cultural) holidays like, for example, the Lunar New Year? If that were to be observed, how many days should shops be closed (note: In Hong Kong, business is shut for three days, even though TECHNICALLY SPEAKING, it is up to 14 days long)?

    BTW: Canada isn't as diverse as you might think. It's only more diverse in major cities.
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    1. Most Jewish family members take one day off, so it would equate and as for cultural they could be taken in the 3 days as for Canada not being that diverse outside the cities even when I lived in small town Nova Scotia, I had Bengali, Egyptian and French friends living in the small town. Canada more and more is becoming a diverse nation.

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