National Day of Mourning

April 28

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.

Day of Mourning 2019

According to the Worker’s Compensation Board, Alberta lost 158 men and 8 women to workplace injury or illness in 2017. Across Canada, we lost 951 people to workplace injuries and fatalities in 2017.

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.

Many Ways to Participate

Day of Mourning Ceremonies

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.

See our growing listing below to find a ceremony in your area.

Steps for Life Walk

Another great way to support families suffering the impact of workplace injuries and fatalities is to participate in your local Steps for Life Walk.

This annual event raises funds and awareness for Threads of Life, supporting the healing journey of families who have suffered from a workplace fatality, traumatic life-altering injury, or occupational disease.

See the listing below for more information about your nearest Steps for Life Walk.

Day of Mourning Events by Region

Calgary Region

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT)

  • Sunday, April 28, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
  • Macdonald Hall, SAIT, 1301 16 Ave NW
  • Parking in P1 or P6 ($)

Edmonton Region

Edmonton and District Labour Council

  • Sunday, April 28, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
  • Grant Notley Park at “The Broken Families Obelisk“.
  • For more information, contact the EDLC office at 780-474-4747 or

More Events

Ceremonies hosted by the Alberta Construction Safety Association Regional Safety Committees.

More events will be added as information becomes available.

If you would like to add an event to this list, please email

Steps for Life Walks by Region


  • Calgary (Sunday, May 5, 2019, South Glenmore Park)
  • Edmonton (Saturday, May 4, 2019, Rundle Park)
  • Fort McMurray (Sunday, May 5, 2019, Birchwood Trails)
  • Lethbridge (Saturday, May 4, 2019, Henderson Horseshoe Pit)
  • Grande Prairie (Saturday, May 4, 2019, Muskoseepi Park)
  • Red Deer (Saturday, May 4, 2019, Bower Ponds)

Saskatchewan & Manitoba

  • Regina (Sunday, May 5, 2019, Wascana Park, Lakeshore Park Totem Pole)
  • Saskatoon (Sunday, May 5, 2019, Diefenbaker Centre, University of Saskatchewan)
  • Winnipeg (Sunday, May 5, 2019, Kildonan Park, North Shelter)


Atlantic Region

Your Walk, Your Way