Day of Mourning

Day of Mourning Quick Facts

AKA NameWorkers’ Memorial Day, International Workers' Memorial Day
2021 DateApril 28, 2021
2022 DateApril 28, 2022
Day of Mourning

Day of Mourning History

Day of Mourning seeks to remember those workers who lost their lives due to workplace injury or illness. This day aims to acknowledge those workers whose lives were irreparably or seriously harmed. It hopes to renew commitments toward improving health and safety in the workplace.

Day of Mourning was officially declared in 1984 by the Canadian Labour Congress. It was later officially recognized by Canada in 1991. On this day, flags are flown at half-mast and ceremonies are held in remembrance. Day of Mourning is observed annually on April 28th.

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Day of Mourning Facts

  • On this day the Canadian flag is flown at half-mast on Parliament Hill and on all federal government buildings.
  • According to the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, there were 1027 workplace fatalities across Canada in 2018, an increase from the previous year.
  • There were more than 264,000 accepted claims for lost time due to work-related injuries or disease in 2018.

Day of Mourning Top Events and Things to Do

  • Get involved by volunteering, donating, or participating in events like Steps for Life. Steps for life is a 5-km walk that takes place during the first weekend of May. It aims to fundraise for those families affected by workplace injury or illness.
  • Explore different memorials that remember those workers who lost their lives on the job.
  • Watch an informational guide on preventing workplace injuries.

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