Labour Day, the first Monday in September, has been a statutory holiday in Canada since 1894. Workers marked the day in the early Victorian era with parades, speeches, games, amateur competitions and picnics. The holiday promoted working-class solidarity and belonging during a time of rapid industrialization. Since the Second World War, fewer and fewer people have participated in Labour Day activities.
Nevertheless, it remains a statutory holiday. Many Canadians now devote the Labour Day holiday to leisure activity and family time. American neighbours celebrate the same holiday. Families get together to prepare for the first day back at school and the end of summer vacations. CanEVA found this picture of Yonge Street in the 1900s from the Toronto archives. A look back at labour before the advent of technology.