The National Day of Mourning, marked on April 28, began with Canadian labour unions who wanted to emphasize and recognize the importance of safety in the workplace.
On the National Day of Mourning Canadians pay tribute to workers who have died, were injured, or made ill from their work. It is also a day on which to renew our commitment to preventing future workplace tragedies.
This year, the Canadian Center for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) acknowledges the sacrifices of frontline and essential workers who have died or become ill serving during the COVID-19 pandemic.
On April 28, the Canadian flag will flow at half-mast on Parliament Hill and all federal government buildings. Traditionally, employers and workers have observed the National Day of Mourning by lighting candles, laying wreaths, or wearing commemorative pins, ribbons, or black armbands. In light of COVID-19, we encourage you to consider attending or supporting a virtual event.
On this Day of Mourning, our UFA family joins with our teams, members, and customers to honour and demonstrate our commitment to workplace safety, as we have a shared responsibility to take of one another and make it home safe.