The declaration came as no surprise as Premier Christy Clark made the promise during her leadership campaign. The statutory holiday won't come into effect for two years, to give employers time to adjust.
While many British Columbians may be happy with an extra day off, employers will have yet another day to pay employees without work being done. Family Day is already celebrated in February by Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario.
Also included in the Throne speech also included a request to have television cameras and microphones allowed in all criminal trials related to the Stanley Cup riot in Vancouver. As of now, there have still been no charges laid since the riot on June 15th.
In the speech the government also promised to relieve some of the delays in the court system by bringing back retired judges.