Day of Mourning

In 1984, the Canadian Labour Congress established April 28th as the National Day of Mourning in Canada to remember and honour those who have died, been injured or suffered illness in the workplace. The date was chosen in 1984, when the Canadian Labour Congress proclaimed the Day to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the day the first Ontario Worker’s Compensation Act was approved by the government (1914). The Day of Mourning was enshrined in national legislation by an Act of Parliament on February 1, 1991.

Each year, the Yukon Federation of Labour hosts a ceremony for the territory. Below is the video of the ceremony from Friday, April 28, 2023 held at the Worker’s Memorial in Shipyards Park, Whitehorse, Yukon.

April 28 is the day we mourn those whose lives were lost and whose lives were forever changed because of something that happened at work. It is also the day when we recommit to ensure every worker gets to come home from work and making every workplace a safe and healthy place to earn a living. 

Watch for updates for the 2024 Yukon Day of Mourning Ceremony to be held on Sunday, April 28, 2024.