Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

April 28, 2012 17:43 ET

Canada's Labour Minister Marks National Day of Mourning

OAKVILLE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 28, 2012) - Today, the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Canada's Labour Minister, participated in a commemorative ceremony at the Oakville Public Library, hosted by Oakville district labour council, to mark the National Day of Mourning.

"I would like to extend my sympathies to all Canadians who have lost loved ones to workplace fatalities. No words or action can take away their sorrow," said Minister Raitt. "The National Day of Mourning reminds us that, despite all efforts made to help improve safety in the workplace, more work needs to be done."

The Government of Canada is committed to promoting fair, safe and healthy workplaces. This is done by working closely with employers and unions to raise awareness in preventing work-related accidents and diseases, by educating them and by informing them about workplace safety.

On this day each year, the Canadian flag is flown at half-mast on Parliament Hill to pay tribute to the men and women who have been killed or injured on the job. Workers across the country observe this day in different ways, including lighting candles and observing moments of silence.

The Labour Program develops, administers and enforces workplace legislation and regulations, including the Canada Labour Code, which covers industrial relations, health and safety and employment standards, and the Employment Equity Act. These laws cover federally regulated workers and employers.

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Contact Information

  • Ashley Kelahear
    Press Secretary
    Office of Minister Raitt

    Media Relations Office
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada