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April 28 – National Day of Mourning

April 28 – National Day of Mourning

Marked annually in Canada on April 28, the National Day of Mourning is dedicated to remembering those who have lost their lives or suffered injury or illness on the job or due to a work-related tragedy.

This year, the day takes on extra meaning as we express our gratitude to the healthcare workers on the front lines, teachers and support staff, grocery, transport, and service staff helping to keep communities running, and all the other essential personnel who have answered the call during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your dedication and efforts are beyond measure.

Alberta lost 150 people to workplace injury or illness in 2020. The National Day of Mourning is not only a day to remember and honour those lives lost or injured due to a workplace tragedy, but also a day to collectively renew our commitment to improve health and safety in the workplace and prevent further injuries, illnesses and deaths.

Traditionally on April 28, the Canadian flag has flown at half-mast on Parliament Hill and on all federal government buildings. All Fort McMurray Public School Division building flags will be at half-mast. Employers and workers have observed the Day of Mourning in a variety of ways over the years. In light of COVID-19, we encourage individuals to simply pause at 11 a.m., on April 28 for a moment of silence. 

For more information, please visit: https://www.ccohs.ca/events/mourning/