Labour Day originates in the labour union movements of the 1800s as a way to celebrate the social and economic advancements and pay tribute to the driving force of our economy. The history of Labour Day is connected with organized labour. The first unofficial “Labour Days” in Canada were actually protests against a law that made it a crime to be a member of a union. In 1872, this law was abolished, but various union protests and parades continued, and there was pressure to make Labour Day a national holiday. In 1894, the federal government declared Labour Day a national day of recognition for workers across the country.
Employees get a day off with regular pay or public holiday pay (depending on the province or territory of employment). If the employee is required to work on the holiday, the employee must be paid regular wages and get a substituted day off with pay at a later date (depending on the province or territory). For specific requirements for your jurisdiction, consult the Library section of HRinfodesk.
Happy Labour Day! Enjoy your day off and the last long weekend of the summer.
First Reference Human Resources and Compliance Managing Editor