Since 1894, the first Monday in September has been the official Labour Day holiday in Canada, and since 1892 in the United States. However, the origins of Labour Day can be traced back over 150 years, when unions began holding parades and rallies in Toronto and Ottawa to commemorate the successful 1872 Toronto printers’ strike – the original “fight for fairness” that resulted in major changes, including the decriminalization of unions in Canada.
For children in Canada and the United States, Labour Day marks the unofficial end of summer and the start of a new school year. It is a day of rest for unions and labour activists, as well as a day to celebrate the labour movement’s achievements and the benefits of having a union at work.
Every year on the first Monday of September, Canadians celebrate Labour Day.
To mark the occasion, we ask that you to take a fun quiz and learn a little something about Labour Day.
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#1. Which country was the first to make Labour Day Official...Canada or the United States?
#2. What year did Canada declare Labour Day an official holiday?
#3. An estimated 17,000 Chinese men laboured for the Canadian Pacific Railway in British Columbia between 1881 and 1884. What did they get paid?
#4. Where was the first Labour Day parade held in Canada?
#5. Which colour is prohibited from being worn after Labor Day?
#6. Which Canadian Prime Minister passed a law making Labour Day an official holiday in Canada?
#7. Labour Day's origin is tied to Toronto's 1872 printers' strike...how many work day hours were they striking for?
#8. What day is Labor Day observed?
#9. Whether going back to school or taking a vacation for the final long weekend of the summer, many individuals will travel over the Labor Day weekend. How many kilometres of roads are there in Canada?