Today the Canadian flag will fly at half-mast on Parliament Hill. The CN tower will be lit yellow, wreaths will be laid and candles will be lit, all in honour of Canada’s National Day of Mourning.
Today is the day when businesses, politicians, employers, and workers will observe a moment of silence. It is an occasion to pay respect to the men and women who have suffered illness, been injured or fatally wounded on the job.
The observed day, which originated in Sudbury, Ontario, is now observed in approximately 100 countries. Monuments dedicated to fallen workers can be found internationally, from the Miner’s Memorial in Kirkland Lake, Ontario to the Workers Memorial Day Stained Glass Window in Birmingham, England.
Now in its 32nd year, workers and businesses alike are encouraged to “Fight for the Living, Mourn for the Dead”.
Take the Time Today
- Attend a local event to help commemorate the Day of Mourning
- Promote the Day of Mourning in your workplace
- Renew your commitment to safety- refresh safe working procedures, update policies,
Make a Difference Every Day
- Educate others about health and safety rights and responsibilities on the job
- Participate in workplace health and safety committees
- Promote public awareness of workplace health and safety
Let’s take this opportunity to strengthen the industry, together we can make our work environment a safer place.