National Day of Mourning for Workers Killed or Injured on the Job
April 28, 2010 marks the 26th 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 Association of Worker’s Compensation Boards of Canada, a total of 1,036 workplace fatalities occurred across the country in 2008.
Vincent Massey Park in Ottawa will be the site of a ceremony commemorating workers who died on the job. Attendees will include representatives of the Canadian labour movement, the federal government, and political parties.