February holiday: information for PSAC members in the federal public sector

We have had many inquiries from PSAC members about the provincial holiday in February.

The third Monday in February is now a provincial holiday in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.

Federal public sector collective agreements provide for 11 designated paid holidays, including a day which is, a provincial or civic holiday. Currently the civic holiday recognized by federal government employers is the first Monday in August. This means that federal public sector workers in Atlantic Canada will not be granted the February provincial holiday as it is not a day proclaimed by an act of Parliament as a national holiday.

However, in addition to the 11 designated paid holidays noted above, some PSAC members employed by the federal government are also entitled to a Personal Leave day which, subject to operational requirements and appropriate notice, could be booked to coincide with the February holiday. Remember that your Personal Leave day must be used before the end of the current fiscal year (March 31).