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In Canada, we began celebrating Labour Day on the first Monday in September in 1880. Since then, the union movement has made many gains for workers that are now commonplace, including health and safety regulations, parental leave, a minimum wage, pay equity laws and same-sex spousal benefits.

Like these, many gains were first made by unions at the bargaining table, but proved so popular with the public that they became commonplace or the law of the land.

In Toronto, the Labour Day theme is “Together Fairness Works,” which reflects CUPE Ontario’s “Stand Up for Fairness” campaign. For more information on our campaign, visit