April 28 – National Day of Mourning

Now an international observance as a day of mourning for workers killed, injured or made ill by their job, the declaration of April 28th as the Day of Mourning began here in Canada. In 1984, unions in Sudbury, Ontario, adopted the day as one to publicly acknowledge workplace injuries, illnesses, and deaths, and the Canadian Labour Congress officially declared the day of remembrance. The date of April 28th was chosen to reflect the anniversary of the day Ontario passed the Workers’ Compensation Act in 1914.

On April 28, 1991, Canada recognized its first National Day of Mourning for Persons Killed or Injured in the Workplace: a day where flags fly at half-mast, and we hold ceremonies across the country to recognize the lives needlessly lost, and the tremendous suffering of those left in the wake of workplace tragedy. In the years since, more than 100 other countries have also adopted the observance known widely as Workers’ Memorial Day.

On April 28, join one of the hundreds of ceremonies across the country, or light your own candle in honour and reflection of the thousands of lives forever changed, and to renew your commitment to workplace health and safety – and ending such needless suffering. You can also share your support online using the hashtag #dayofmourning.

Each year, the National Day of Mourning is a stark reminder of why we do the work that we do. Too many families have been torn apart. Too many lives have been lost or changed forever, and it affects all of us. No paycheck is worth a life and no job is worth dying for.

According to the Worker’s Compensation Board, Alberta lost 144 men and women to workplace injury or illness in 2016.


Day of Mourning Events

Every year, the Alberta Construction Safety Association (ACSA) and the eight Regional Safety Committees across Alberta co-host public ceremonies and events to honour the occasion, along with the WCB and other safety associations and committees


Day of Mourning Ball Hockey Tournament
The 6th Annual Day of Mourning Ball Hockey Tournament is now open for registrations. The event runs from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 29th (the day after the official Day of Mourning) at the Edmonton Sportsdome. It is keenly attended by hockey players from a number of industries. Through its $25 per player registration fee, raffles, donations, and refreshment sales, this event raises money for the Threads of Life Charity, an organization that assists families suffering the loss of a loved one due to a workplace incident.

For further information on the Day of Mourning Ball Hockey Tournament please email Edmontonballhockey@youracsa.ca or call 780.910.2255.

Download registration form here: Day of Mourning Ball Hockey Tournament

Lakeland (Lloydminster)

Join the ACSA’s Lakeland Regional Safety Committee at the Lloydminster City Hall. At 9:30 a.m., Mayor Gerald Aalbers, along with representatives from the City of Lloydminster and the LRSC will participate in a flag lowering ceremony held on the west side of City Hall.

The ceremony will finish at 9:55 am, followed by coffee and donuts, served courtesy of ATCO.

ATCO (black)

Contact: Lloydminster Construction Association at 780.875.8875 for details.

Lakeland RSC will also be hosting a second ceremony on April 28th in the northern part of the region at the Energy Centre in Cold Lake. The ceremony will start at 10:30am and end at 11:00am with the lowering of the flag, followed by a short reception.

Contact: Please contact LakelandRSC@gmail.com for further information on this event.

Medicine Hat

Medicine Hate Regional Safety Committee will be hosting an event held at the Memorial Arboretum Park. This is located at the corner of Factory Street SE and South Railway Street SE, bottom of Scholten Hill. This event will start at 11:00 am.

Contact: MHRSC@youracsa.ca or call 403.527.9700 for further details.