New Remembrance Day Online Tool for Employers and Employees

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New Remembrance Day Online Tool for Employers and Employees
Remembrance Day is a time to pay respects and honour those who have served and those who continue to serve.

To help business owners and their employees observe this day while complying with provincial legislation, a new online tool has been created to clarify how the Remembrance Day Act applies to businesses. The new tool was launched today, October 19, during Small Business Week.

“Business owners have told us it isn’t always easy for them to know whether they can open on Remembrance Day,” said Jill Balser, Minister of Labour, Skills and Immigration. “This new online tool will provide support and clarity to businesses and employees while helping them plan how best to pay their respects.”

Remembrance Day is a unique holiday in Nova Scotia. The Remembrance Day Act outlines which businesses can operate on November 11, includes rules about holiday pay and exempts certain businesses from the rules altogether.

The new online tool is available at

“Legislation can often be complex and challenging for small businesses to understand. And in the case of Remembrance Day, small businesses want to make sure they are doing the right thing for their employees, their customers and for those who have served our country. We’re pleased that the Province is taking steps to support the business community through the introduction of this tool.”
​ ​ ​ ​ ​ – Louis-Philippe Gauthier, Senior Director, Legislative Affairs, Atlantic, Canadian Federation of Independent Business

Quick Facts:
— Canadian Small Business Week runs from October 17 to 23
— the Remembrance Day tool is a collaboration of the Departments of Labour, Skills and Immigration; Justice; and Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services and led by the Office of Regulatory Affairs and Service Effectiveness
— the office was created in 2015 to assess, measure and improve government regulation, reducing the overall undue regulatory burden to business, citizens and other groups

Additional Resources:
For more information on the Remembrance Day Act, visit:

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