Ontario Construction News staff writer
The annual National Day of Mourning is an opportunity to remember workers who have died, were injured, or became ill from their job and commit to protecting workers and preventing further workplace tragedies.
The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) encourages workplaces to observe a minute of silence at 11 a.m. or attend a commemorative ceremony.
The following in-person events are happening today:
- Barrie and District Labour Council – Barrie City Hall, 70 Collier St., 6 p.m.
- Brantford and District Labour Council – Fordview Park Memorial Site, 5 p.m.
- Chatham-Kent Labour Council – Day of Mourning Monument, 6 p.m.
- Cornwall and District Labour Council – Lamoureux Park, 11:45 a.m.
- Durham Region Labour Council – City of Oshawa, Day of Mourning Monument, 11 a.m.
- Grey Bruce Labour Council – Hanover Square, 11 a.m.
- Guelph District Labour Council – Goldie Mill Park, 5:30 p.m.
- Hamilton and District Labour Council – Hamilton City Hall, 5 p.m.
- Kenora and District Labour Council – Lake of the Woods District Cemetery, 5 p.m.
- Lanark and District Labour Council – Perth Crystal Palace at noon
- Leeds and Grenville Labour Council – Brockville Museum, 4:30 p.m.
- Lindsay and District Labour Council – Victoria Park, 1 p.m.
- London and District Labour Council – Tolpuddle Co Op Community Room, 10 a.m.
- Niagara-on-the-Lake – Niagara Regional Labour Council – Centennial Arena – 9:15 a.m.; Fort Erie City Hall, 11:45 a.m.; Niagara Falls City Hall -10:30 a.m.; Region of Niagara Headquarters -5:15 p.m.
- North Bay and District Labour Council – North Bay City Hall, 5:30 p.m.
- North Simcoe and Muskoka Labour Council – Tudhope Park, 10:30 a.m.
- Northumberland Labour Council – Lucas Point Park Cobourg, 4:15 p.m.
- Oakville andDistrict Labour Council – Oakville Centennial Square, 2 p.m.
- Ottawa and District Labour Council – Vincent Massey Park, 12:30 p.m.
- Peel Regional Labour Council – Flower City Community Campus, 10 a.m.
- Peterborough and District Labour Council – Peterborough City Hall, 10:45 a.m.
- Toronto and York Region Labour Council – 5020 Highway 7, 11 a.m. and 500 Bay St. Toronto at noon
Recent statistics from the Association of Workers’ Compensation Boards of Canada (AWCBC) show that in 2019, 925 workplace fatalities were recorded in Canada. 882 were male workers, and 43 were female workers. Among these deaths were 29 young workers aged 15-24.
Add to these fatalities the 271,806 accepted claims for lost time due to a work-related injury or disease, including 33,615 from workers aged 15-24, and the fact that these statistics only include what is reported and accepted by the compensation boards, there is no doubt that the total number of workers impacted is even greater.