This year marks 34 years since CUPE's National Health and Safety Committee first proposed the idea of a National Day of Mourning for workers killed or injured on the job. April 28th was proclaimed by then National President Jeff Rose at a health and safety conference in early 1985. In that same year, the Canadian Labour Congress and affiliated unions adopted the day across Canada. In many communities, local labour councils bring different unions together in ceremonies to honour workers who have been killed and injured - and to vow to stay vigilant .

National Day of Mourning April 28th, 2018

The National Day of Mourning, or Workers’ Mourning Day is observed in Canada on the 28th of April. It commemorates workers who have been killed, injured or suffered illness due to workplace related hazards and incidents.

Let’s honour, remember and pay our respects to these thousands of workers. Let’s renew our commitment to improve health and safety in the workplace and prevent further tragedies.

For a list of BC Ceremonies please click on the link below: