The National Day of Mourning, held annually on April 28, is dedicated to remembering those who have lost their lives or suffered injury or illness at work. This annual event was initiated by the labour movement 38 years ago to increase awareness of on-the-job injuries and fatal workplace accidents. This day of remembrance was officially recognized by the federal government in 1991, more than six years after it was launched by the Canadian Labour Congress in 1985. This year’s theme is “Work Shouldn’t Hurt: Choosing Health and Safety as a Fundamental Right and Principle at Work”.
Although the National Day of Mourning is now recognized in more than 100 countries, including Canada, there is still a lot to accomplish in order to improve the safety of workers.
The threat of COVID-19 is ongoing and has greatly changed the way we live and work.
Once again this year, gatherings organized by various worker organizations across the country will vary according to provincial and territorial public health restrictions, and local Day of Mourning events will be held either virtually or in person, in accordance with public health guidelines and restrictions.