Remembrance Day is a solemn occasion to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifices so that we might enjoy our freedom. In Nova Scotia, Remembrance Day is legislated by the Remembrance Day Act.
The Remembrance Day Act requires all companies to suspend operations, for three full minutes, starting at one minute before eleven o’clock in the forenoon on Remembrance Day.
Remembrance Day is not a Holiday in Nova Scotia but commercial activities are curtailed. Having said this, there are a number of industries where it is not possible to cease operations, for example health care, police services, transport, service stations. Section 4 of the Act provides the list of exemptions.
It is worth noting that employees who do not work on Remembrance Day do not get paid unless the employer gratuitously offered to add Remembrance Day as a benefit. For employees required to work on Remembrance Day, the employer will grant a holiday with pay with their annual vacation or at another time mutually agreed between the employee and the employer.
For more information visit the Nova Scotia Government webpage: http://www.gov.ns.ca/lwd/legislation/
Visit the Canadian Virtual War Memorial.