Across Canada, April 28 has been designated the Day of Mourning. Each year, workers, families, employers, and communities across the province remember those who have lost their lives on the job, and we all renew our commitment to creating healthy and safe workplaces.
Workplace injuries and illnesses claimed the lives of 161 B.C. workers last year, with more than half (99) of the work-related deaths the result of occupational disease — 53 were the result of exposure to asbestos, with many exposures happening decades earlier.
Every injury, disease, or death serves as a powerful reminder that employers have an important responsibility to ensure that all workplaces in B.C. are healthy and safe.
Join us online for a moment of silence
Visit dayofmourning.bc.ca for a listing of ceremonies around the province, and watch a livestream of the Day of Mourning ceremony from Jack Poole Plaza in Vancouver at 10:30 a.m. to recognize the day, and those we lost.
Commemorate the day
Some other ways to commemorate the day include:
- Sending a message to staff re-enforcing your commitment to a healthy and safe workplace and sharing the link to the commemorative video
- Sharing a message on social media
- Ordering a wreath for your office or worksite