For many, Labour Day implies the unofficial end of summer, a day to spend time with friends or family, or a long weekend before the first day of school. But have you ever stopped to consider it’s true purpose and meaning?

Today, we celebrate the achievements of the men and women of the working class on our statutory holiday. 122 years ago, Labour Day was created to recognize the role workers have had in Canadian society. A lot of people lost their lives in order to establish the right to refuse unsafe work and the right to be treated fairly in the past. For many countries, Labour Day is synonymous with International Workers’ Day, which takes place on May 1st. Other countries celebrate the holiday on a date with a special significance for the labour movement in that country. But wherever it is celebrated, the purpose remains the same. The statutory holiday still acknowledges the respect and dignity of working people everywhere. Happy Labour Day to all of the individuals who get up each day and work hard for their dreams!

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