The National Day of Mourning

Today is The National Day of Mourning. This day is dedicated to remembering those who have lost their lives, or suffered injury or illness on the job due to a work related tragedy.

National Day of Mourning – April 28th, 2017

The Statistics (2015):
  • 852 workplace deaths
  • 4 of those deaths were young workers ages 15-19
  • 11 were ages 20-24
  • 232.629 reported workplace injuries
  • 8, 155 of those injuries were young workers

Workplace injuries and deaths affect us all. This is also a day to renew our commitment to improve workplace safety and prevent further workplace tragedies.

Why April 28th?

April 28th was chosen as the National Day of Mourning in 1984 because it coincided with the 70th anniversary of the day the first Ontario Worker’s Compensation Act was approved by the government.

What can we do today to remember the fallen workers?

You can participate by:national day of mourning

  • Wearing black and yellow ribbons
  • Taking a moment of silence at 11:00AM
  • Lighting candles
  • Sharing stories about how workplace tragedies have touch people’s lives
  • Participate in a public event

A full list of events happening in Toronto can be found here.

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