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.
There is a monument on Front Street in Toronto. It is called 100 Workers. There are one hundred plaques for one hundred workers that died in the last century in Canada. It is a fiction. One hundred workers died last month.
Why aren't we doing more for workplace safety?
Every year, workers killed and injured on the job are remembered on the National Day of Mourning. On Thursday, April 28th, the Toronto & York Region Labour Council will honour the memory of these workers at two events. The events feature speakers from various organizations including unions, as well as municipal government representatives.
12:00 pm Larry Sefton Park Bay Street just north of Toronto City Hall
11:00 am Woodbridge Arena, Islington & Highway #7 The Consul General of Italy will be in attendance