Labour Day 2016

In 2016 Labour Day is Monday September 5.

Labour Day in Canada is celebrated on the first Monday of September and it is a federal statutory holiday. It is also observed in the United States on the same day.

This holiday officially celebrates workers and the labour union movement, however, most of us only think of it as the last long weekend of the summer, a perfect occasion for one last BBQ or canoe trip.

Many seasonal attractions and vendors close after the labour day long weekend and it is generally the start of the fall shoulder season for tourist attractions.

Labour Day Long Weekend

It's a very straightforward holiday, unlike other holidays when some people are off and some aren't, on Labour Day all stores are closed including retail stores, banks and libraries across the country. Some restaurants and convenience stores may be open.

The Tuesday day after labour day marks the first day of school.

Note: In the Commonwealth Countries it is spelled "labour", in the United States is spelled "labor".

Labour Day Observances

September 7September 5September 4September 3

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The Tuesday after Labor Day has ALWAYS been the first day of school since I can remember. That is, until we moved to Alberta. It's ridiculous. This year they go for work days then get a long weekend. Ridiculous rednecks

Posted by Dior:

People who have to work on labour day take it back another day: police officers, pilots, nurses, doctors, etc. When you are a new hire, it is another story. You are compensated differently.


There are many many industries that don't receive labor day off. It would just not be possible. That's why we have increased pay for those who qualify. Holidays are not a human right, the economy still has to run on days where teachers and office workers decide there lives are too stressful and its time for some "well deserved" relaxation time.

Posted by John:

Are businesses required to close. I own a store that definitely would not be an exception to anything. Would I be allowed to keep my shop open if I worked myself (as the owner, no employees)


Not everybody gets labour day off. Just not possible. Police, Paramedics, Farmers (Yes animals still have to be cared for), Power Generating stations, Dr's, Nurses,


Should have all businesses closed for this one day, give everyone a rest day!

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