April 2018 – Article – April 28: A National Day of Mourning


April 28th – A day where flags fly at half-mast, a day of ceremony, a day to remember and recognize the lives needlessly lost, a day to commit to protecting workers and preventing further workplace tragedies.

In 1984, the Canadian Labour Congress established April 28th as the Day of Mourning in Canada to remember and honour those who have died, been injured or suffered illness in the workplace. The date was chosen to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the day Ontario passed the Workers’ Compensation Act. In 1991, the federal government proclaimed April 28 as the National Day of Mourning. Today, the Day of Mourning (also known as Workers’ Memorial Day) is officially recognized in about 100 countries worldwide.

The day is traditionally marked by holding public ceremonies, wearing black and yellow ribbons, lighting candles, observing a moment of silence at 11:00 a.m. and sharing stories about how workplace tragedies have touched peoples’ lives.

“Ontario has one of the best safety records in Canada, but we know we can do even better.”  – Kevin Flynn, Ontario Minister of Labour

Join your colleagues, friends and family on April 28th to remember and to renew your commitment to workplace health and safety. Ceremonies will be held across the province.





Fred Lehmann
Communications Coordinator,

Ontario Construction Secretariat (OCS)
180 Attwell Drive, Suite 360, Toronto, ON M9W 6A9
P 416.620.5210 ext. 222
F 416.620.5310