Celebrating the invaluable contributions of Canadian Workers since the 19th century
Senator Enverga wishes all Canadians a safe and restful Labour Day spent in the company of friends and family.
Labour Day in North America has its origins in Canada, with the United States following its example shortly after. Canadians have celebrated Labour Day since the 19th century, after workers in Toronto staged a parade in protest for a 58 hour working week, eventually resulting in the Trade Union Act. Prime Minister John Thompson made Labour Day an official holiday in 1894.
During the long weekend, Canadians watch their favourite Canadian Football League teams play in the Labour Day Classic. It also marks the end of summer and the return of students back to school.