Ontario’s Prevention Council Chair released the following statement today:
April 28 is the National Day of Mourning all across Canada. Workers, families, employers, and others come together to commemorate those who have lost their lives or suffered an injury or illness due to their work. In 1991, the Parliament of Canada passed the Workers Mourning Day Act making April 28 an official Day of Mourning. Ontarians are working relentlessly in making our workplaces safe. The day marks an opportunity to renew our collective commitments to protecting the health, safety, and well-being of all workers.
There are many ways employers and workers will observe the Day of Mourning. Some will observe a moment of silence. Others will wear a commemorative pin. For all Ontarians at the workplace, let’s pause, think and action one item that can make our workplace safer today and for the time to come. From better training standards, to finding ways to recognize hazards earlier, and to support those working with mental health issues, we can overcome workplace injuries.
Please join us in commemorating those who suffered workplace accidents and also those working tirelessly in preventing them.