The Labour Day holiday in Canada, as in the U.S., celebrates economic and social achievements of workers. It has been celebrated on the first Monday in September since the 1880’s. The origins of Labour Day in Canada can be traced back to April 14, 1872 when workers organized Canada’s first significant worker’s demonstration to demand the release of 24 leaders put in jail for the ‘crime’ of striking to gain a 58-hour work-week!
While Labour Day parades and picnics are organized by unions, many Canadians regard Labour Day as the Monday of the last long weekend of summer. Non-union celebrations include picnics, fireworks displays, water activities, and public art events. Since the new school year generally starts right after Labour Day, families with school-age children take it as the last chance to travel before the end of summer.
Whatever your plans this weekend, hope they will be fun and safe!