A Short History Of Ontario’s Worker Movement


During the early 1900’s, industrial development in Canada was growing. The first world war had driven production within the country, people had jobs, money was flowing. We were all working for a purpose. Most of it was in metals, fabrics, as well as the service industry. After the end of the first world war, soldiers returned having faced some of the most horrific conditions and expected to find themselves with good jobs and reasonable living conditions. However, they were faced with high unemployment and inflation. Workers left jobs, and formed what was then illegal labor unions. Government at the time was opposed to worker collective groups rising up against employers. Certain events, such as Bloody Sunday, marked a change in the foundation of labor unions in Canada and today is a well known event. At some point, protesters began to march to trains and form these long train protests known as a the On to Ottawa movement- where individuals were going towards Ottawa to protest against unfair labor practices. In manufacturing it became clear after several incidents that there had to be procedures set in place for the mitigation of Training for working at heights in Ontario

People fought for safer working conditions, better working hours, and more stringent rights as employees. There have been several events where workers dies awful deaths that helped change the tide towards reforms in occupational health and safety certification. It doesn’t take much thinking to see the importance of these regulations. This occurred in almost every industry from manufacturing to industrial waste management as well as farming. Now, this brings us onto workplace standings in Ontario currently…

Ontario is a diverse area, we have everything from manufacturing and industry, technology hubs, financial industry, as well as many other areas. Mining and agriculture make up a significant amount of our industrial outputs. Much of northern Ontario is used for oil and gas, mineral mining such as nickel, as well as farmland. For farmland, the areas rich in agriculture are often south of the Canadian shield. Bridged between lake Huron and Ontario and north of Lake St. Claire this is known as the breadbasket of Ontario. Areas near lake Erie are known for cultivation of Tobacco and other vegetation that grows in sandy soil such as Asparagus.