National Day of Mourning – April 28
A day set aside each year to remember those who have been killed or seriously injured in the workplace.
On April 28, 1991, Canada recognized its first National Day of Mourning for Persons Killed or Injured in the Workplace: a day where flags fly at half-mast, and we hold ceremonies across the country to recognize the lives needlessly lost, and the tremendous suffering of those left in the wake of workplace tragedy. In the years since, more than 100 other countries have also adopted the observance known widely as Workers’ Memorial Day.
On April 28, join one of the hundreds of ceremonies across the country, or light your own candle in honour and reflection of the thousands of lives forever changed, and to renew your commitment to workplace health and safety – and ending such needless suffering.
For more information on the National Day of Mourning, visit the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) website.
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Day of Mourning Ceremonies and Tributes
On April 28, Day of Mourning, join one of the ceremonies across the country, or light your own candle. Pause a moment to honour lives forever changed, and renew your commitment to workplace health and safety.
For information on where to participate in one of hundreds of ceremonies taking place across the country:
BRITISH COLUMBIA: Learn the details about ceremonies and place a flower in dedication of a worker at dayofmourning.bc.ca
ALBERTA: Workers’ Compensation Board of Alberta and the Alberta Construction Safety Association
SASKATCHEWAN: WorkSafe Saskatchewan
ONTARIO: Workers Health & Safety Centre (listing of ceremonies) and Workplace Safety & Insurance Board (WSIB): Mark the day by lighting a virtual candle to show your support
MANITOBA: Manitoba Federation of Labour
NOVA SCOTIA: Workers’ Compensation Board of Nova Scotia’s dayofmourning.ns.ca. Stories from workers and families affected by a workplace tragedy
NEWFOUNDLAND & LABRADOR: Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) Atlantic
PEI: Worker’s Compensation Board of PEI
NEW BRUNSWICK: WorkSafeNB (English | French)
NORTHWEST TERRITORIES AND NUNAVUT: Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission
YUKON: Yukon Federation of Labour
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