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Unions to OPS Employer: Recognize Monday as a Day of Mourning for the Queen

Publish date: Wednesday, September 14, 2022 update

While the federal civil service will have a holiday on Monday to observe the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, the Government of Ontario won’t be following suit, Premier Doug Ford announced yesterday.

In response, six of the unions representing Ontario’s civil service have written to the Ontario Public Service (OPS) Employer imploring the provincial government to follow the federal government and those of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island and make it a holiday for government workers.

“Doing so would allow Ontario’s hardworking civil servants the opportunity to commemorate and reflect on the tenure of our country’s long-time head of state,” AMAPCEO Vice-President Cynthia Watt said.

Most employees in the OPS are required to take an oath of allegiance to the Crown, symbolizing the Canadian state and system of government.

More about AMAPCEO and our Members: Established in 1992, AMAPCEO is a bargaining agent that represents 14,000 professional and supervisory public servants, most of whom work directly for the Government of Ontario in every ministry and in a number of agencies, boards and commissions; in 130 communities throughout Ontario and in 12 cities outside Canada. We also represent employees outside the Ontario Public Service in: the Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario; the Ontario Arts Council; Ontario Health (Quality Unit); Public Health Ontario; the Waypoint Mental Health Centre in Penetanguishene; and in the former Offices of the Ontario Child Advocate and the French Language Services Commissioner (now part of the Ontario Ombudsman).