Remembrance DayPublished on November 01, 2021
On November 11, we observe a moment of silence to honour the courage, valour and sacrifice of the heroes who have served – and continue to serve – Canada during times of war and conflict.
Let us never forget
Remembrance Day is about showing our respect and gratitude to the serving and previous members of our armed forces who have sacrificed for our country.
Find your moment – honour those who have served and show thanks for their sacrifice.
This year, please put health and safety first while observing Remembrance Day. If you feel sick, stay home. You can pay tribute to our veterans and active service members by:
- wearing a poppy
- sharing your thanks online by using #RemembranceDay
- observing a moment of silence at 11 a.m. on November 11 wherever you are
- joining us online at the Queen’s Park Ceremony of Remembrance livestream on November 11 at 10:45 a.m. (details below), or your local virtual event to reduce the risk of exposure or spread of COVID-19
Honouring our heroes — past and present
On November 11, we pay tribute to members of the Canadian Armed Forces who fought to defend our values and freedoms, and to those who continue to serve our country today. Watch this video and take a moment to honour their courage.
To learn about upcoming Remembrance Day events in our community, visit:
Queen’s Park Ceremony of Remembrance
We will honour our veterans and active service members at an outdoor service in front of the legislative assembly in Toronto. To reduce the risk of exposure or spread of COVID-19, this year’s ceremony will follow provincial health and safety protocols, including having fewer attendees. We encourage members of the public to join online via the YouTube livestream link below.
Date: Wednesday, November 11
Time: 10:45 a.m.
Online: Ontario Veterans' Memorial on the front lawn of Queen’s Park
This ceremony will include a moment of silence and the laying of wreaths.
Other Provincial Actions
Last month, this government passed legislation that provides Ontario workers the right to wear a poppy in the workplace during Remembrance Week. Learn more: https://www.christineelliottmpp.ca/ontario_enshrining_the_right_to_wear_poppies_in_the_workplace
Last year, the government unveiled the Memorial to Honour Canadian Heroes of the War in Afghanistan. This memorial commemorates the service and sacrifice of the over 40,000 Canadian Forces personnel who served in Afghanistan; our country’s largest deployment after the Second World War. The Memorial to Honour Canadian Heroes of the War in Afghanistan at Queen’s Park is now a permanent tribute to veterans, active service members, and their families.
We have also proudly committed $3 million in support of the Valour Games, a new national multi-sport competition for wounded, ill and injured Canadian military personnel and veterans.
Through the Ontario Trillium Foundation, our government has invested over $1.2 million to support Legions across the province.
The government has also proudly invested over $500,000 to Helmets to Hardhats to support military veterans and reservists returning to civilian life. Our government made an additional investment of $200,000 and is providing land to help the Homes for Heroes Foundation create up to 25 tiny homes for military veterans experiencing homelessness.
Ontario has also enhanced the Soldier’s Aid Commission and worked to ensure veterans of all ages and their families, not just those who served in the Second World War and the Korean War, will be eligible to apply for financial assistance.
The government has a dedicated hotline and resource hub for military families, www.ontario.ca/militaryfamilies, which helps veterans find and access resources for themselves and their families.
Learn more about how Ontario is remembering: https://www.ontario.ca/page/remembrance-day