Statement on the Day of Mourning by Chief Prevention Officer and Assistant Deputy Minister, Operations Division, Ministry of Labour Training and Skills Development
Every year on April 28, the Day of Mourning, we pay tribute to the workers who have lost their lives, become ill or been injured due to work-related incidents.
We also renew our steadfast commitment to keeping workers healthy and safe on the job.
Today, Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development, said that the value and vulnerability of our workers has become all the more apparent on this year’s Day of Mourning, as Ontario and the rest of the world grapples with the COVID-19 outbreak. We share this sentiment. There is a special place in our hearts for any Ontario worker who may have been affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. During these challenging times, we owe them an extra debt of gratitude.
We encourage all Ontarians to renew their resolve to prevent workplace tragedies. Workplace health and safety is a shared responsibility. We must work together – employers, supervisors, workers and government – to eliminate workplace hazards that could harm us, our colleagues and our loved ones.
Today, we ask all Ontario residents to reflect on those workers who have needlessly died or suffered injuries or illness, and to join us in preventing others from suffering similarly.
Together we must eliminate the terrible human toll that workplace incidents exact and create a better future for Ontario’s workers.
Ron Kelusky, Chief Prevention Officer
Jody Young, Assistant Deputy Minister, Operations Division,
Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development