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People can now wear Poppies in the workplace

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November 2, 2021 – As Canadians we all owe a debt of gratitude to the veterans who have served our country.  The Ontario legislature today passed amendments to the Remembrance Week Act to ensure workers can pay tribute to veterans by enshrining the right to wear poppies in the workplace, recognizing the extraordinary courage and profound sacrifice of those who have given their lives in military service.


Simcoe-Grey MPP Jim Wilson introduced the Remembrance Week Act in 2015 as a Private Member’s bill to declare the week preceding Remembrance Day each year as Remembrance Week.  It was passed by all parties.  


“We live in a safe and prosperous country today because of the values our soldiers fought and died to protect,” said Mr. Wilson. “We must never forget that our fundamental freedoms of democracy and liberty are rooted in the sacrifice of those who serve.”


MPP Wilson strongly supports today’s amendments to the Remembrance Week Act.  “The right to wear a poppy in the workplace should be reflected in the employment policies and practices of all companies and organizations,” said Wilson.  “The poppy is a symbol of remembrance, respect and gratitude,” he added.  


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.


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