The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, 30 September, has been added to the definition of “holiday” in the General Preamble to the Fee Guide, Section B, for MSP billing purposes. The date commemorates the history of and ongoing trauma to Indigenous people caused by residential schools and is a time to reflect on how to best move forward and to reconcile Canada’s past. BC’s Minister of Finance and Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation declared BC would recognize the holiday in addition to it being a federal statutory holiday; hence the update to the General Preamble. Only public sector workplaces, banks, and schools will be closed.
Note: When preparing to submit an MSP claim, the MSP-designated holidays and close-off dates must be included as they impact claims submission. For more information on designated holidays and close-off dates, visit www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/practitioner-professional-resources/msp/claim-submission-payment/designated-holidays-and-close-off-dates.
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