National Day of Mourning – April 28

The National Day of Mourning, held annually on April 28, was officially recognized by the federal government in 1991, eight years after the day of remembrance was launched by the Canadian Labour Congress. The Day of Mourning has since spread to about 80 countries around the world and has been adopted by the AFL-CIO and the International Confederation of Free Trade.

The numbers tell the story. In 2014, 919* workplace deaths were recorded in Canada, up from 902 the previous year. This represents more than 2.5 deaths every single day.

In the 20 year period from 1995 to 2014, 18,039* people lost their lives due to work-related causes (an average of 918 deaths per year).

The National Day of Mourning, held annually on April 28, was officially recognized by the federal government in 1991, eight years after the day of remembrance was launched by the Canadian Labour Congress. The Day of Mourning has since spread to about 80 countries around the world and has been adopted by the AFL-CIO and the International Confederation of Free Trade.

The Canadian flag on Parliament Hill will fly at half-mast. Workers will light candles, don ribbons and black armbands and observe moments of silence.

Please keep our members (past & present) and their families in your thoughts and we ask that you encourage your members to participate at events in your area on April 28 a Day of Mourning and to strive to prevent workplace deaths, illnesses and injuries.

The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) is Canada’s National Resource for the Advancement of Workplace Health and Safety. Please visit www.ccosh.ca to learn more.

Observance of this day will strengthen the resolve to establish safe conditions in the workplace, and prevent injuries and deaths.As much as this is a day to remember the dead, it is also a call to protect the living. 

* Fatalities accepted in 2014 according to "Number of Fatalities, by Jurisdiction 1993-2014" summary table, statistics from the Association of Workers Compensation Boards of Canada

Annual average according to "Number of Fatalities, by Jurisdiction 1993-2014" summary table, statistics from the Association of Workers Compensation Boards of Canada

For further statistical information visit the AWCBC National Work Injuries Statistics Program.http://awcbc.org/

Jeffrey T. Norris 

Canadian Safety Coordinator International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Ironworkers (District Council of Western Canada)