ICBC and B.C. courts set to close Monday, health services to remain open

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Mixed reaction to B.C.’s treatment of National Day of Mourning
Monday will be a partial holiday in B.C. as many workers in the public sector have the day off to commemorate the passing of Queen Elizabeth II. However, a statutory holiday has not been mandated for the private sector and for many companies business will likely continue as normal. As Megan Turcato reports, reaction to the half holiday has been mixed – Sep 14, 2022

The decision to provide a day off to public sector workers in B.C. on Monday to coincide with the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II is having unintended consequences.

The national holiday means ICBC appointments and court cases will need to be rescheduled. British Columbia announced on Wednesday plans to give all public sector workers and Crown corporation workers the day off.

The province’s public insurer will be open to report a claim and renew an insurance policy but road test appointments will need to be rescheduled.

“We have started and will continue to rebook road test appointments made for September 19 on a priority basis,” ICBC said in a statement.

“While all road test customers will be contacted by an email and a phone call to rebook their appointment, customers in urgent need of driver licencing services on Monday are encouraged to rebook their appointment online or by phone as soon as possible.”

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Click to play video: 'ICBC appointments being rescheduled ahead of Queen’s funeral'
ICBC appointments being rescheduled ahead of Queen’s funeral

Read more: B.C. schools to close on Monday for day of mourning to mark Queen Elizabeth’s funeral

The Supreme Court will be closed on Monday and all criminal and extradition proceedings booked will be re-scheduled.

Multi-day proceedings scheduled to commence or continue on Monday, Sept. 19, will commence or continue on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022.

Matters set for fix-date appearances on Sept. 19, 2022, in any court location, will be reset to Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022.

Provincial liquor and cannabis retail stores will be open on Monday, except for those normally closed on Mondays.

Liquor and cannabis distribution will also be open.

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Unexpected stat holiday and school closures create problems in B.C.

It will also be business as usual for BC Ferries, Translink and BC Transit transportation services.

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The province does not yet have a cost estimate for providing the day off for many Monday.

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B.C. government announces schools to close for Queen’s funeral

“There will be costs to the Province related to paying public sector workers who will be working on Monday – for example health care workers,” a statement reads.

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“Those workers will be paid according to the provisions of their collective agreements.”

The province is encouraging child care providers to remain open to support the closure of schools in the K to 12 system.

The health-care system will remain open, with scheduled surgeries and assessments set to take place.

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