April 28 is the National Day of Mourning to remember and honour workers who have been killed, injured or have contracted illnesses related to workplace hazards.
The purpose of the day is to continue to raise awareness about workplace safety and continue to fight for workers. Every month in Canada workers are killed or injured on the job. Since 1979, when the deaths of workers started to be recorded by the Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act, 10,384 workers have been killed in Ontario alone. Every year across Canada, more than 1,000 of workers die on the job. The number of workplace related injuries and illnesses are commonly underreported but total is in the hundreds of thousands – and rising.