National Day of Mourning
Thursday 28 April 2016
Location: Across Canada
In 1984, the Canadian Labour Congress established April 28 as the national Day of Mourning in Canada to remember and honour those workers who have died, been injured or suffered illness in the workplace.
The date was chosen in 1984 when the congress proclaimed the day to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the day the first Ontario Worker’s Compensation Act was approved by government (1914).
The Day of Mourning was enshrined in national legislation by an Act of Parliament on February 1, 1991.
Also known as Workers’ Memorial Day, the Day of Mourning is officially recognized in more than 80 countries worldwide.
The day is traditionally marked in ways such as holding public ceremonies, wearing black & yellow ribbons, lighting candles, observing a moment of silence at 11 am, and sharing stories about how workplace tragedies have touched peoples’ lives.
Visit Canadian Labour Congress to learn about any events close to you.
— With files from Ontario’s WSIB.
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