Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Yukon Passes Legislation to Make National Aboriginal Day a Paid Holiday

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Yukon Passes Legislation to Make National Aboriginal Day a Paid Holiday

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National Aboriginal Day now paid holiday in Yukon

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WHITEHORSE - National Aboriginal Day has officially become a statutory holiday in Yukon.

"It's great to see," said Grand Chief Peter Johnston of the Council of Yukon First Nations about June 21 as a territory-wide paid day off.

It's the first piece of legislation to be passed under the new Liberal government.

The Yukon Party voted in favour of the bill but reiterated concerns about the financial impact of an additional statutory holiday on the government and on the business community.

Based on figures from Canada Day in 2016, the government said the holiday would cost the government an estimated $1.28 million.

The figure includes $1.16 million for payroll and an additional $116,700 in overtime pay for essential service providers, cabinet spokeswoman Janine Workman said Tuesday. …

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