March 29, 2023
Day of Mourning: Remembering Those Who Lost Their Lives to Workplace Injuries and Diseases
From 2014 to 2018, six people lost their lives due to work-related causes in the BC tourism and hospitality industry. That is six too many. The national Day of Mourning, held annually at the end of April, commemorates workers who lost their lives due to workplace injuries or diseases. The Day of Mourning was officially recognized by the federal government in 1991, eight years after the day of remembrance was launched by the Canadian Labour Congress. On the Day of Mourning, workers will light candles, don ribbons and black armbands and observe moments of silence. Businesses are asked to participate by declaring April 28 a Day of Mourning and to strive to prevent workplace deaths, illnesses and injuries. We hope that the annual observance of this day will strengthen the resolve to establish safe conditions in the workplace for all. It is as much a day to remember the dead as it is a call to protect the living. Your workplace can take part by:
- Attending a Day of Mourning ceremony. Every year, WorkSafeBC, the B.C. Federation of Labour, the Business Council of British Columbia and other organizations host public ceremonies to honour the occasion. Ceremonies are held in several regions around the province.
- Spreading awareness in the office with a poster.
- Requesting free decals and posters.
- Making a dedication to those who have lost their lives while on the job.