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National Day of Mourning for Queen Elizabeth – Monday, September 19th, 2022

On Tuesday, the Prime Minister announced a National Day of Mourning for Queen Elizabeth to take place on Monday, September 19th, 2022.  The BC Government announced that provincial services would also be closed to honor the queen’s life of service.

Spectrum’s services that typically close on holidays will be closed on Monday, September 19, 2022.  Our services in people’s homes will continue.  Staff that get the day off will get a regular day of pay, and staff that work will get statutory pay like a regular holiday.  Because of the short notice of this change in service, please let us know of scheduled activities or the need to provide staffing and we will do our best to provide the support you need.

Government of Canada Announcement:

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, announced that September 19, 2022, will be a National Day of Mourning in Canada, to mark the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. This coincides with Her Late Majesty’s State Funeral in London, United Kingdom, and the end of the official period of mourning in Canada.

The National Day of Mourning is an opportunity for Canadians from coast to coast to coast to commemorate Her Majesty. It will be designated a holiday for the public service of Canada, and other employers across the country are also invited to recognize the National Day of Mourning.

There will also be a national commemorative ceremony to honor the life and service of Her Majesty. The ceremony will be held at the Christ Church Cathedral in Ottawa on September 19, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. It will be preceded by a memorial parade and a 96-gun salute – one shot for each year of Her Majesty’s life – and followed by a flypast of Royal Canadian Air Force CF‑18s. The ceremony, including the memorial parade, will be broadcast live for everyone to watch.

BC Government Announcement:

Premier John Horgan has issued the following statement in response to the federal government declaring a national holiday to mark the Queen’s funeral:

“Over the last few days, British Columbians have joined with people across the country and around the world in an outpouring of support for the Royal Family over the loss of Queen Elizabeth II. Our government will follow the lead of the federal government and join with other provinces in observing the national day of mourning to mark the Queen’s funeral.

“The national holiday will be observed Monday, Sept. 19 by federal employees. We have advised provincial public-sector employers to honour this day in recognition of the obligations around federal holidays in the vast majority of provincial collective agreements.

“K-12 public schools and public post-secondary institutions, and most Crown corporations will be closed. We encourage private-sector employers to find a way to recognize or reflect on the day in a way that is appropriate for their employees.

“This will be a national day to reflect on the incredible life of Canada’s Queen and the longest-serving monarch in British history.”

CLBC Announcement:

As you may have heard, September 19, 2022 was marked as a federal holiday to pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth on the day of her funeral. The provincial government made a statementyesterday that it will support the federal government’s announcement in recognizing September 19, 2022 as a holiday for provincial public-sector employees entitled to provincial and federal holidays.

The BC Government recognizes that there is little advance notice of this holiday, yet strongly encourages employers to reduce or close services where it can on September 19. We encourage service providers – both unionized and non-unionized – to approach this as they would any statutory holiday for their staff, recognizing some services such as staffed residential homes must remain operational.

CLBC will work with government to understand the funding implications and develop a funding approach for agencies. We will be in touch as soon as we have more details.

National commemorative ceremony

The Government of Canada will hold a national ceremony in honour of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, who passed away on September 8, 2022.

Information about the ceremony

Monday, September 19, 2022, at 11:00 am (ET)
Christ Church Cathedral
Ottawa ON

Invitees to the ceremony will include government officials, dignitaries and representatives of organizations with whom Her Majesty had a close connection such as charities and military regiments.

Watch Live

The national commemorative ceremony will be televised live across Canada and will be available on the following social media channels so that all Canadians can participate:

  • Canadian Heritage’s YouTube channel
  • The Crown in Canada Facebook account

Memorial parade

The national commemorative ceremony will begin with a memorial parade. The military parade will consist of the Canadian Armed Forces and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. A gun salute of 1 round per year of life will be conducted during the memorial parade.

Parade details

Monday, September 19, 2022, at 10:10 am (ET)
Starting at Cartier Square Drill Hall and arriving at Christ Church Cathedral
Ottawa ON

People are invited to gather along the parade route. Spectators are also encouraged, when possible, to walk or take the public transit as road closures will be in effect.

Details about the road closures and a map of the parade route will be published as they become available on this website and on The Crown in Canada Facebook and Twitter accounts.


The national commemorative ceremony will end with a fly-past over Parliament Hill and Christ Church Cathedral by Royal Canadian Air Force CF-18s.

Live coverage will get underway on CBC TV, CBC News Network, CBC Gem and at at 2 a.m. PT on Monday. CBC Radio One will air special coverage of the Queen’s funeral starting at 2:30 a.m. PT, which will also be available on the CBC Listen app.

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