April 28 Day of Mourning

The National Day of Mourning or Workers' Mourning Day is observed in Canada on 28 April. It commemorates workers who have been killed, injured or suffered illness due to workplace related hazards and occupational exposures.

     The Canadian flag is flown at half-mast from sunrise to sunset on all federal government buildings, including on Parliament Hill. Workers and employees observe this day in various ways including lighting candles, donning ribbons and black armbands, and observing a moment of silence at 1100 hrs. The purpose of Day of Mourning is twofold- to remember and honour those lives lost or injured and to renew the commitment to improving health and safety in the workplace - to prevent further deaths, injuries, and diseases from work.

     Young workers aged from 15-24 are more likely than any other group to be injured on the job, in fact, 1/3 of all injuries occur in this age group, and males are twice as likely to be injured as female workers.  The highest rate of injury happens in construction and hospitality industries. These rates have led to specific laws in many provinces that provide for additional and special training for young and new workers.  Due to these statistics, there has been a renewed push to use this holiday to educate young workers of their rights in schools.

     Come join the movement to make workplaces safer, so one year we will be able to stop adding people to the list to be remembered.