Canada Toronto Toronto Guide Things To Do Essentials Restaurants Nightlife Where to Stay Neighborhoods Itineraries Events All Toronto Labour Day in Toronto By Jane McLean Jane McLean Jane McLean is an Ontario-based travel writer who has covered Canada for more than 10 years. TripSavvy's editorial guidelines Updated on 10/10/19 Share Pin Email JDawnInk / Getty Images Labour Day Basics | Canada Holidays | Canada in SeptemberLike many countries around the world, Canada takes a day to celebrate the efforts and achievements of its workers. Known as Labour Day in Canada, the holiday is Labor Day in the U.S. and is held on the same date, which is the first Monday of September. Labour Day in Canada is similar to International Workers Day, which is held on May 1st in most countries, and is in fact called May Day in certain ones like Greece. Most businesses and services in Toronto are closed on Labour Day Monday. Exceptions are tourist areas, such as Queen's Quay, Yorkville, downtown Yonge Street, including the Eaton Centre. For most Toronto attractions, it's business as usual, such as Canada's Wonderland, the CN Tower, Ripley's Aquarium, the and the Royal Ontario Museum. The Art Gallery of Ontario does shut down on Labour Day.Closed on Labour Day Monday: LCBO wine and beer stores most malls, chain stores, supermarkets government offices, banks, libraries and post offices TTC and GO trains run on holiday schedule. Open on Labour Day Monday: Merchants in designated tourist areas: Queen's Quay, Yorkville, downtown Yonge Street, including the Eaton Centre Some retail chains will open a limited number of stores. Shoppers Drug Mart, for example, Vaughan Mills Shopping Centre, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Pacific Mall in Markham, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. The "Ex" (Canadian National Exhibition) has its final day on Labour Day and is opens its carnival rides, games, food pavilion, shows and more to the general public. Labour Day Toronto Events: Labour Day is always the final day of the CNE. Later in the day is a great time to go as the crowds have diminished. The Canadian International Air Show takes place on the Labour Day weekend. The show is best viewed at the southwest waterfront grounds of the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE). Entrance to the CNE gets you admission to the air show. Hispanic Fiesta at Mel Lastman Square is a celebration of Spanish and Latin-American arts, food, music and entertainment that is free of charge for all. Labour Day Parade begins at Queen St. and University Ave. at 9:30 a.m. and proceeds along Queen to Dufferin St., then south to the Dufferin Gate at the CNE about an hour and a half later. Was this page helpful? Thanks for letting us know! Share Pin Email Tell us why! Submit What Places Are Still Open on Toronto's Family Day? Toronto's Must-See Top Attractions & Highlights 11 Can't-Miss Toronto Shopping Spots April in Toronto: Weather, What to Pack, and What to See The Things Your Children Will Love in Toronto, Ontario The Best Time to Visit Toronto, Canada These Are the Most Popular Neighborhoods in Toronto How to Spend 3 Days in Toronto and Niagara Falls Have Fun in Toronto on a Budget The Top Attractions and Activities in Toronto, Ontario 7 Weird and Wonderful Toronto Attractions What's Open on Canada's August Civic Holiday Weather and Events in Toronto in February All About Victoria Day in Toronto Learn About Canada’s Public Holidays Is Anything Open in Canada on Thanksgiving?