National Day of Mourning for workers killed, injured or made ill by uncontrolled workplace hazards will once again be marked by mostly in-person events this year.
After two years of small, physically distanced or virtual events necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic, workers, their families, labour councils, unions and community partners will gather in numbers at events across Ontario
, jurisdictions Canada-wide and indeed the world.
The Canadian Labour Congress first declared the Day in 1984. Today more than 100 countries now observe the Day of Mourning.
WHSC Day of Mourning Resources
Workers Health & Safety Centre (WHSC) proudly supports Ontario Day of Mourning events. Be sure to check out our province-wide listing
posted on our dedicated Day of Mourning web page
and plan to attend at least one event. In-person events are by in large outdoors.
The few indoor events will require masks. While some events are still virtual. Regardless, as ever, each aim to build public awareness of the need for workplace health and safety prevention and the unacceptable cost workers pay
when prevention is absent.
“On April 28 we remember the countless workers killed and those who suffer from work-related disability and disease. But we truly honour them when we determine to join the fight for the living,
by working every day for superior occupational health and safety prevention programs,” says Andrew, Mudge, Executive Director, WHSC.
This year’s theme created by WHSC is one that reflects on what workplace justice looks like. Our Day of Mourning flyers, event listings, information sheets, videos and advertisements all feature the title, “Justice Demands More.” We explain “more” begins with superior prevention programs
- protect the most vulnerable
- control workplace hazards, not worker behaviours
- promote physical and psychological worker well-being
- take every reasonable precaution to safeguard workers and their OHS rights
- implement quality health and safety training with these aims foremost in mind, and
- recognize when we properly protect workers, we protect community and ecological health too.
If you haven’t already, this spring also be sure and register for any one of our scheduled health and safety training programs
. Included among them, are our programs for joint health and safety committees, supervisors and workers, training designed to help prevent a host of occupational hazards,
such as workplace violence and harassment, psychosocial hazards, indoor air and working at heights
To learn more:
Call: WHSC training services representative in your area