The Origins of Labour Day: Canada


In Canada, Labour Day has been celebrated on the first Monday in September since the 1880s. The origins of Labour Day in Canada trace back to December 1872 when a parade was staged in support of the Toronto Typographical Union’s strike for a 58-hour work-week. After much struggling, Parliament finally passed the Trade Union Act on June 14 the following year, and soon all unions were seeking a 54-hour work-week. Although Labour Day parades and picnics still continue to be organised by unions, for most Canadians, Labour Day is regarded as the Monday of the last long weekend of summer.


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