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National Day of Mourning
April 28, 2018
National Day of Mourning is Saturday, April 28, 2018. Now an internationally-recognized awareness campaign, the National Day of Mourning aims to acknowledge and pay respects to workers who are injured, made ill or who have lost their lives in workplace accidents. The day falls on April 28 as a reflection of the day the Province of Ontario passed the Worker’s Compensation Act in 1914. The very first National Day of Mourning for persons killed, injured or ailed on the job was held on April 28, 1991. Flags are risen to half mast and ceremonies are held across the country to recognize the lives lost and those who have and are faced with the devastating impact of life-altering injuries. Currently, in addition to Canada, there are over 100 other countries who observe the National Day of Mourning, also referred to as Workers’ Memorial Day.
There are many ways you can honour those who have died or had their lives tragically altered by a workplace accident or fatality. Light a candle at a National Day of Mourning ceremony near you. The Job Safety Skills Society is committed to educating and empowering future generations of safety-conscious workers through delivery of our JobSafe Program and resources. We hope that you, too, will renew your dedication to upholding health and safety standards and practices in your workplace, and encouraging your friends, loved ones, colleagues and communities to do the same. Read on for information on where in Canada to participate in National Day of Mourning:
BRITISH COLUMBIA – DayofMourning.bc.ca
MANITOBA – Manitoba Federation of Labour
NEW BRUNSWICK – WorkSafeNB
NEWFOUNDLAND & LABRADOR – Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) Atlantic
NORTHWEST TERRITORIES & NUNAVUT – Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission
ONTARIO – Workers’ Health & Safety Centre
SASKATCHEWAN – WorkSafe Saskatchewan
YUKON – Yukon Federation of Labour