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National Day of Mourning

A day to remember lives lost in the workplace and resolve to prevent future tragedies


The numbers tell the story.  In 2012, 977* workplace deaths were recorded in Canada - an increase from 919 from the previous year.  This represents more than 2.7 deaths every single day.

The National Day of Mourning, held annually on April 28, was officially recognized by the federal government in 1991, eight years after the day of remembrance was launched by the Canadian Labour Congress.

The Canadian flag on Parliament Hill will fly at half-mast.  Workers will light candles, don ribbons and black armbanks and observe moments of silence.  Businesses are asked to participate by declaring April 28 a Day of Mourning and strive to prevent workplace deaths, illnesses and injuries.

*Information statistics are from the Association of Workers Compensation Boards of Canada