Labour Day

Labour Day Quick Facts

AKA NameCanadian Labor Day
Hashtags#LabourDay, #LabourDay2020
Related Hashtags#Longweekend, #LDWeekend, #CFL
2020 DateSeptember 7, 2020
2021 DateSeptember 6, 2021
Labour Day

Labour Day History

Labour Day is a celebration of Canadian workers' social and economic achievements. Until 1892, unions were illegal in Canada's archaic British law system, making it incredibly difficult for workers to strike and demand better working conditions. The foundation for Labour Day were laid in March of 1872 when the Toronto Typographical Union demanded a 9-hour work day. When its demands weren't met, the employees went on strike and were subsequently arrested according to the law.

On April 18, 1872, Prime Minister Sir John A. Macdonald introduced the Trade Union Act, which legalized and protected unions in Canada. Since then, Labour Day, observed on the first Monday of September, has served as a yearly celebration of the achievements made to improving working conditions and employment benefits for all Canadians.

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Labour Day Facts & Quotes

  • Paid maternity leave benefits have only been in existence in Canada since 1971. Prior to 1971, a new mother either had to return to work very quickly or quit her job to raise her child.
  • As of July 2015, the minimum wage in the provinces and territories ranged from $10.20/hour in Alberta to $11.00 in the Nunavut and Ontario.
  • 31.5% of Canadian workers belonged to a labour union in 2014.
  • Everyone has the right to work, to free choice, to employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment.- The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Article 23.1)
  • Work and play are words used to describe the same thing under differing conditions. - Mark Twain

Labour Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Watch the Labour Day Classic, a series of 3 football games held between members of the Canadian Football League.
  • Attend one of many local parades. The city of Toronto runs a traditional parade every year to celebrate the strength and solidarity of workers.
  • Canadian schools normally start on the Tuesday following Labour Day. Enjoy the last long weekend of summer weather at a cottage or campsite.
  • Enjoy back-to-school shopping bargains in tourist destinations that are allowed to remain open on this federal holiday. Check your local listing before heading out.
  • Watch firework displays. Many people purchase their own fireworks and you can see them from parks and yards.

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