National Day of Mourning

The National Day of Mourning is observed every year in Canada on April 28. The day commemorates workers who have been killed, injured or suffered illness due to workplace related hazards and incidents.

Officially recognized by the federal government in 1991, eight years after the annual Workers’ Memorial Day of remembrance was originally launched by the Canadian Labour Congress, Day of Mourning is now honoured in 80 countries around the world1

Thousands of workers die on the job every year. In 2013, 902 workplace deaths were recorded in Canada, the lowest since 2000 when a total of 882 workers lost their lives.That is an average of 2.47 workplace deaths every day in this country.2

In British Columbia, tens of thousands of workers drive as part of their job. Some are professional drivers, operating large commercial trucks, while others drive their own vehicles from one work site to another.

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of traumatic workplace deaths in this province accounting for 37 per cent of workplace fatalities every year.

On April 28, co-workers, families, employers, and others will come together at ceremonies held across the country to remember their friends and loved ones, and to renew a commitment to creating safer workplaces.

This year, WorkSafeBC, the Business Council of British Columbia, and the BC Federation of Labour will co-host a ceremony in Vancouver on Tuesday, April 28, at the Vancouver Convention Centre, Jack Poole Plaza area, at 10:30 a.m.

For more information and a list of Day of Mourning ceremonies visit

1 Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety

2 Ibid

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