National Day of Mourning for Workers Killed or Injured on the Job
April 28, 2011 marks the 27th anniversary of Canada’s National Day of Mourning for workers killed or injured on the job. The day is observed around the world and is officially recognized in Canada by an Act of Parliament. Accordingly, our national flag on Parliament Hill and on all federal government buildings is flown at half-mast on this day every year.
The Institute invites all members to take a moment today to remember those who lost their lives on the job over the past year. According to the Canadian Labour Congress, a total of 939 workplace-related fatalities occurred across the country in 2009, the most recent year for which statistics are available.
A ceremony was held at Vincent Massey Park in Ottawa and a PIPSC representative presented flowers in the name of the Institute to honour the victims.