April 28th, National Day of Mourning

On April 28, we take time to reflect and remember those who became sick or lost their lives due to something that happened at work. We think about the family members, friends, and coworkers whose lives forever changed.

We take this day to remember the dead and fight for the living.

This National Day of Mourning is observed from coast to coast to coast across Canada, and is an important time to re-commit ourselves to the fight to make workplaces safer.

This year, the COVID-19 crisis has reminded us that every worker is essential. Thousands of healthcare workers, grocery and pharmacy workers, and industrial food processors are battling on the front lines of this pandemic. They are putting themselves in harm’s way to protect others, to keep us fed, and to get us necessary supplies and medicine. Far too many have lost their lives, and far too many are suffering the invisible effects of stress and worry on their mental health.

These workers are calling for extra protections and precautions to help keep them as safe at work as possible. It is more important than ever that governments, employers, and the public answer their call. Please remember these workers when you go to the grocery store and do your part to protect their safety, and join us as we demand protection and recognition for these workers.

To those who are lost: we remember you.