News Release - February 16, 2007
SASKATCHEWAN CELEBRATES FIRST-EVER FAMILY DAY
Monday is Family Day, Saskatchewan’s newest provincial holiday.
“Family Day is part of this government’s Throne Speech commitment to ensuring that Saskatchewan families benefit from our strong economy,” Premier Lorne Calvert said. “Our economic progress must bring with it social progress so that our families and youth experience those benefits in a real and meaningful way.”
Regular public holidays enhance people’s ability to create better work-family balance, something the province supports through Department of Labour’s Work and Family Unit. Research shows that healthy work and family balance also helps employers, by making staff recruitment easier, increasing retention rates, decreasing absenteeism, and strengthening commitments to place of work.
“Since Saskatchewan announced this new holiday, other provinces have expressed their interest in following suit,” Calvert said. “Obviously, this is an idea that resonates with people across the country and is yet one more example of our province leading the way.”
Saskatchewan now has more public holidays than any other province and the most generous vacation provisions in Canada. Both emphasize how much Saskatchewan people value their quality of life here, and are added incentives for employees to live and work in Saskatchewan as the demand for labour increases across the country.
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