The Right to Wear Poppies in the Workplace


The Ontario government is introducing legislation today that, if passed, would amend the Remembrance Week Act, 2016 to give Ontario workers the right to wear a poppy in the workplace during Remembrance Week. By wearing a poppy, Ontarians remember the bravery and valour of Canadian Armed Forces veterans and active members who fought to preserve peace around the world, protect Canada and defend its freedom and way of life.

“Our government is grateful to those in uniform, past and present, who have selflessly dedicated themselves to serving our country and protecting our values,” said Parm Gill, Minister of Citizenship and Multiculturalism. “They deserve our unwavering respect, support and gratitude. We show that by wearing poppies, helping to ensure our children and grandchildren never forget the sacrifices they have made for us.”

An exception to the proposed right to wear a poppy will apply if wearing a poppy poses a danger or hazard to the health, safety, or welfare of any person.

As part of the government’s continued efforts to honour and support veterans, the legislation, if passed, would also amend the preamble to the Remembrance Week Act, 2016 to state that poppies are worn during Remembrance Week as a symbol of remembrance and respect.

Ontarians come together to proudly wear poppies and support veterans in their community through the Royal Canadian Legion’s annual poppy campaign. Funds raised from the campaign go towards providing grants for veterans in need by funding facilities and transition programs and providing supports for veterans and their spouses who are hospitalized.

By enshrining in law the right to wear a poppy in the workplace and its status as a symbol of remembrance and respect, the government is reminding employers that Ontario owes a debt of gratitude to the brave people who serve our country, and that should be reflected in their employment policies and practices.



  1. We have Always had the Right to Wear A Poppy into Our Workplace. It is, The Government that needs to learn respect for our War Veterans⁹…and they ALL, meaning our War Vets, Deserve Our Unwavering Respect for Giving their lives so that we could enjoy Freedoms, and our Way of Life. This is why I cannot believe that in the last 18 months we have lost all the Rights and Freedoms our Grandfathers, Uncles, Brothers, Sisters and so many others fought so hard for. They wanted their children and grandchildren and great grandchildren to be able to move about freely and to express their opinions freely without any fear of retribution or fear of being locked up or being forced to undergo a forced medical procedure. 🤔

    • WhEn yOu USe CApiTal LettERs so FrEely, you Lose YOuR POinT and ValIdiTy alMosT ImmeDIAtely.

      The government, business owners and others have a duty to protect the population as a whole. Not the individual ‘freedoms’ of people. They mandate masks, jabs to go places etc. to protect the vulnerable, NOT YOU AS A PERSON (I used caps there for emphasis). Employers telling their employees they have to be vaccinated is a measure to protect the WHOLE workforce. Don’t want to get jabbed? Then don’t. There’s your freedoms these vets fought for. “Your body, your choice” Then you must also accept the consequences of your choices. Not being allowed into venues, restaurants, workplaces etc. is that consequence.

      Lemme guess, you don’t have the polio vaccine, the MMR vax, your diptheria vax and you most certainly don’t get your updated teatnus boosters on a regular basis… yeah, that’s what I thought.

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