Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

April 28, 2009 13:16 ET

The Government of Canada Commemorates Workers Who Have Been Killed or Injured in Work-Related Accidents

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 28, 2009) - The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Labour, today observed the National Day of Mourning by laying a wreath in commemoration of those injured or killed in the workplace.

"Today is a time to remember those workers who have died, and a call to protect the living. Every single fatality and injury is one too many," said Minister Ambrose. "I believe that the best way to pay tribute to those we honour today is by continuing our best efforts to raise awareness about workplace health and safety."

In 2007, nearly 1,100 Canadians died as a result of work-related incidents. This means that, on average, three workers died every day. In the same year, approximately 318,000 work-related illnesses and injuries were reported-many of which were considered preventable.

In December 1990, the Government of Canada passed the Workers Mourning Day Act, which established April 28 as the official day to be observed every year to commemorate workers who were injured or died on the job and those who suffer from occupational illnesses.

"The Government of Canada is committed to help ensure that Canada's workplaces are safe, healthy and productive places for Canadians to work and succeed," said Minister Ambrose.

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Contact Information

  • Office of Minister Ambrose
    Jonah Mozeson
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    Media Relations Office