TORONTO—The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) is hosting a virtual National Day of Mourning event April 28 to honour those who have lost their lives through workplace fatalities, injuries or illnesses.
The WSIB’s ceremony is usually held at the Simcoe Place head office in Toronto and the adjacent worker’s monument in Simcoe Park.
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, a livestream of the event will be held on the WSIB’s YouTube channel and include remarks by Elizabeth Witmer, WSIB chair; Tom Bell, WSIB acting president and CEO; Minister of Labour Monte McNaughton; and Threads of Life speaker Virginia Campeau.
The Canadian Labour Congress established April 28 as the National Day of Mourning in Canada in 1984 to remember and honour those who have died, been injured or suffered illness in the workplace. It is officially recognized in about 100 countries worldwide.
Canadian flags on Parliament Hill and at Queen’s Park fly at half-mast on April 28. The day is traditionally marked by holding public ceremonies, wearing black and yellow ribbons, lighting candles, observing a moment of silence at 11 a.m. and sharing stories about how workplace tragedies have touched peoples’ lives, indicates a release.