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Family Day weekend on the move

Enjoy the Family Day weekend this weekend because it’s the last one we’ll have … on the second weekend in February.

Starting next year, British Columbia’s Family Day will be moved to the third week in February, Premier John Horgan announced today.

Family Day was established in British Columbia in 2013 following a consultation process that had recommended the holiday be on either the second or third Monday of February. The government of the day decided on the second Monday, even though it was inconsistent with other Canadian provinces and the United States.

In announcing the change for 2019, Premier Horgan says Family Day will now be better aligned for businesses and families.

“Moving Family Day is the right thing to do for businesses small and large, and is better for families who may be spread out across the country,” said Horgan. “This gives families an opportunity to schedule and spend more time with loved ones from other provinces.”

The move is not sitting well with the BC Liberals.

“It’s disappointing to see the BC NDP take aim at the tourism industry by unilaterally moving Family Day,” said Liberal MLA Michelle Stilwell. “The B.C. Family Day weekend has become one of the top performing business periods of the year for many B.C. ski destinations, generating between $7-10 million in incremental visitor spending per winter.”

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