National Day of Mourning observed on April 28

National Day of Mourning is an annual day of remembrance to commemorate workers who have been killed, injured or suffered illnesses due to workplace-related incidents.

On this day we remember and honour the lives lost or injured and renew our commitment to improving health and safety in the workplace for the prevention of future accidents.

Ceremonies are held across Canada with candle lighting and moments of silence honoring the victims of poor working conditions still seen in the world today.

In 2012 the Association of Workers Compensation Boards of Canada reported that 977 workplace deaths were recorded in Canada that year – more than 2.7 deaths every day.

The number of workers killed each year has risen though the past 15 years, according to the Canadian Labour Congress who called the statistics, “unacceptably high.”

This historic day was first marked by CUPE in 1984, with the CLC officially declaring April 28th an annual day of remembrance the following year. National Day of Mourning became officially recognized by the Canadian Government in 1991.

Its observance has now spread to 80 countries across the World, commonly known elsewhere as Worker’s Memorial Day.

On April 28, 2014 let’s remember those affected and help prevent future workplace hazards.

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