WSIB Day of Mourning
Canadian Labour Congress established April 28th as the National Day of Mourning for workers in 1984. It was created to commemorate and honor workers who have died or been injured in the workplace or whom have suffered an illness caused by the workplace. It is now recognized in over 100 countries around the world as a day to remember the lives lost and affected. National Day of Mourning is also often referred to as Workers Memorial Day.
How to Commemorate
There are several ways that you can commemorate WSIB’s (Workplace Safety and Insurance Board) Day of Mourning. You can wear a black and yellow ribbon on the day to show your support and solidarity. You can light a candle in memory of the lives lost in workplace accidents. There is also a moment of silence at 11:00 am that you may participate in. However, the best way to remember the lives lost is to speak of ways that you can work towards preventing future workplace injuries or deaths. Having conversations about safety and regulations are encouraged. If you would like to write a tribute to someone you know that has been affected by workplace injury or death please contribute to the online tribute section on WSIB’s Day of Mourning web page here.
If you are interested in attending a public community memorial service you can see the locations where they are being held here. The flags at Parliament Hill in Ottawa will be held at half mass during the entire day of April 28th. The TORONTO sign in Nathan Phillips Square will also be lite in yellow to symbolize hope.
Information on WSIB
If you would like to know more about WSIB and what they do, head over to their website here. If you or someone you know has been injured in a workplace accident WSIB can help.