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Ottawa public servants won't be off on Family Day

New union contracts, yet to be ratified, don't include the holiday.

Civil servants like those working at the Canada Revenue Agency will be working on Family Day, because it is not a federal holiday.

Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press

Civil servants like those working at the Canada Revenue Agency will be working on Family Day, because it is not a federal holiday.

Many Ottawans will be kicking up their feet Monday, but federal civil servants won’t be among them.

Ontario's newest statutory holiday isn’t recognized by the federal government. So its employees have to show up for work that day.

It’s also likely to remain that way: four of the major contracts dealing with public servants, set for ratification, don’t include the holiday.

Allison Pilon, a media contact for the Public Service Alliance of Canada, confirmed none of the contracts the union is asking its members to ratify will include the holiday.

Pilon said no one from the union was available to discuss the issue further.

Outside Ontario, Family Day is observed in six provinces, in some case under a different name: British Columbia (though the date there is a week earlier than everywhere else), Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

Of courtse, federal civil servants do enjoy some holidays — Easter Monday and Remembrance Day, for example — that are regular old workdays for most employees in the private sector and in provincial and municipal governments.