Labour Day 2019

In 2019 Labour Day is Monday September 2.

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

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Posted by Peter Moss:

Last BBQ or Canoe trip ? A lot of Canadians spend Thanksgiving at the cottage on the lake. I know plenty of people who BBQ all year long, That's Canadian.

Posted by Mike:

"on Labour Day all stores are closed including retail stores,...". Really? Not anymore!

Posted by Jane:

Why would you describe Labour Day as a "holiday [that] officially celebrates workers and the labour union movement, however, most of us only think of it as the last long weekend of the summer". I notice you didn't say Easter is officially a celebration of the resurrection of Jesus but most people think of it as the harbinger of Spring and a chance to eat chocolate, which is just as true. Are you biased against labour unions? That's the way it reads to me. I definitely enjoy remembering the huge benefits many people enjoy as a result of labour union work .... like the statutory holidays on this site.

Posted by No:

All stores are closed on Labour Day? When, in 1950?

Posted by Stanley:

I give this holiday a 10/10

Posted by Tanya:

2016 was the first year I ever recall there being school prior to the long weekend here in Alberta. I have lived in Alberta all my life, and my eldest child is in grade 5. It sucked. I think it may have had something to do with taking a week off in November. They sent out a survey last year asking everyone if they would be willing to start school a week early and then take a week of in November in lieu, we voted no, but the Government made us end summer holidays early anyway making it a half week instead of a full week without a vote by parents. (But hey, bet you didn't know any of that he/she whom made the redneck comment.) You should really educate yourself on the history of a situation before running off like that, it gives less merit to your point. And if you don't like us "rednecks", please, find another province to move to and free up some jobs for those of us who love Alberta.

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