April 28th – National Day Of Mourning

National Day of Mourning – April 28th


Remembering and honoring lives forever changed by workplace tragedy.


This date commemorates workers who have been killed, injured or suffered illness due to workplace related hazards and incidents.

In December 1990, this day became a national observance with the passing of the Workers Mourning Day Act, so that on April 28, 1991, it was officially the National Day of Mourning for persons killed or injured in the workplace; making April 28, an official Workers’ Mourning Day.

Since its inception, the observance has spread to over 80 countries around the world, but is known in most other countries as the Workers’ Memorial Day. The date 28th of April was picked because on that day in 1914, the Workers Compensation Act received its third reading. In 2001 the International Labor Organization first observed World Day for Safety and Health at Work on this day.

Typically the Canadian flag on Parliament Hill is flown at half-mast, and workers and employees observe this day in various ways including lighting candles, donning ribbons and black armbands, and observing moments of silence. The purpose of Day of Mourning is twofold- to remember and honor those lives lost or injured and to renew the commitment to improving health and safety in the workplace – to prevent further deaths, injuries and diseases from work.



The NS Federation of Labour will host a ceremony on the grounds at Province House in Halifax. If the weather is bad, the ceremony will be held inside.

After the speakers, you are invited to lay a wreath on behalf of your organization, family member or friend.


For more information: Joan Wark at the Federation office at (902) 454-6735 or by email: nsfl@ns.aliantzinc.ca


For info on other ceremonies:  http://www.canadianlabour.ca/news-room/events-calendar