Every year in Canada, hundreds of workers die or suffer serious injuries and illnesses because of their work. One death is one too many. Each statistic represents a face, a life lived, loved, lost or forever altered. These tragedies have a devastating effect on not only workers, but their families, and communities as well.
Each year on April 28th our National Day of Mourning, we lower our flags to half-mast and pause to reflect on, and honour, the memory of those who have died or suffered injury or illness due to a work-related tragedy. We also take this day to renew our commitment to do more to improve workplace health and safety for everyone so we can prevent further injuries, illnesses and deaths.