National Day of Mourning to Remember Workers
In 2018, 1,027 workplace fatalities were recorded in Canada (an increase of 76 from the previous year). Among those dead were 27 young workers aged 15-24. Add to these fatalities the 264,438 accepted claims (an increase of 12,930 from the past year) for lost time due to a work-related injury or disease, including 33,058 from workers aged 15-24. The fact that these statistics only include what is reported and accepted by the compensation boards, there is no doubt that the total number of workers impacted is even higher. Statistics source: Association of Workers' Compensation Boards of Canada (AWCBC).
In 1991, eight years after the day of remembrance was launched by the Canadian Labour Congress, the Parliament of Canada passed the Workers Mourning Day Act making April 28 an official Day of Mourning.
The Day of Mourning has since spread to about 100 countries around the world. It is recognized as Workers' Memorial Day and as International Workers' Memorial Day by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC).
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