National Day of Mourning: April 28

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


On April 28th the ECAO, all of its members and affiliate members remember.


We remember:

All workers who have suffered a work-related injury, fatality, or occupational disease.

We remember all those who have been directly affected or left behind by the loss of family members, loved ones, friends and co-workers.


We remember that we must protect the living and by ensuring safe workplaces and sites for all workers.

In 2021 there were 1081 workplace fatalities recorded in Canada including 1009 male workers, 72 female workers and 18 young workers aged 15 to 24.


In addition, there were 277,217 lost time claims in 2021 and 34, 548 of these claims were young workers aged 15 to 24. In total lost time claims in Canada have increased by 23,820 from 2020.


The ECAO sincerely hopes that observance of the day of mourning on April 28th will help communicate the need to be vigilant and establish health and safety conditions in the workplace to prevent further injuries illnesses and death.

We encourage our member companies affiliate members and all employees to hold an event or observe a moment of silence at 11:00 AM on April 28.