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Labour Day Message from Kevin Flynn,
Minister of Labour

  • Issued: August 29, 2014
  • Content last reviewed: August 2014

For many Ontarians, Labour Day marks the unofficial end of summer – that last long weekend before we head back to school or work. However, it is important to pay tribute and remember the struggles waged by workers in the beginning of the labour movement which brought about better working conditions for all Ontarians.

Labour Day dates back to 1872 and was first officially recognized as a day to celebrate workers’ rights on the first Monday in September, in 1894. This Monday, we will see Labour Day picnics, marches and other gatherings of celebration in cities and towns across the province, recognizing the contribution of workers to our communities and economy as a whole.

We know that hard working Ontarians are our greatest resource and that’s why our government is working hard to create more well-paying jobs, keep businesses competitive and to provide real opportunities for all to succeed and raise a family.

That is why we’ve raised the minimum wage and are continuing our dedication to strong employment standards with the re-introduction of the Stronger Workplaces for a Stronger Economy Act.

This Labour Day we’re reflecting on the incredible strides we have taken in making Ontario one of the safest places to work. We continue our work on this front with the strong participation of labour in the Worker’s Health and Safety Centre and the Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers, and membership and participation on the Prevention Council with all of our safety partners.

Hard working Ontarians deserve to be treated fairly and that’s why we remain focused on a fair and balanced labour relations system. Cooperative and productive labour relations are what will get us through the new challenges we face as a province and will lead Ontario to greater prosperity in the near future.

Our shared goal is a province where all workplaces are safe, fair and harmonious – which is essential to the social and economic well-being of the people of Ontario. On this Labour Day, I wish our labour partners a successful celebration and thank them for their advice and continued efforts on behalf of all workers.