Premier confirms that September 19, 2022 will not be a holiday in the NWT

Media Statement

Yellowknife — September 14, 2022

Premier Caroline Cochrane reacts to the announcement by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that Canada will declare Monday, September 19, 2022 a holiday for federal employees:

“The Northwest Territories will not be making September 19, 2022 a statutory holiday, or a holiday for public service employees.  All government offices and service locations will be open for business as usual.

In the Northwest Territories, our public service is much broader than in other jurisdictions and providing an additional holiday at this short notice would have far reaching service delivery implications.

Like all residents, I was saddened to hear of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and will find ways in my own life to consider her impact and mourn her passing. 

The Commissioner, the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly and I will be hosting an event in the Great Hall of the Legislative Assembly on Monday September 19, 2022 from 11:30am to 1:30pm to remember and memorialize Her Majesty.  I encourage all residents who can to attend this event.  Attendees will be invited to sign a book of condolences at the event.”


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