In 1984, the Canadian Union of Public Workers (CUPE) selected April 28th as the Day of Mourning to recognize the 70th anniversary of Canada’s Workers' Compensation Act. The Canadian Labour Congress declared it an annual day of remembrance in 1985, and the federal government entrenched it in 1991's Workers Mourning Day Act. Outside of Canada, the day is commonly referred to as Workers' Memorial Day. It is observed in more than 80 countries.
Too many Yukon workers are still killed at work. Tragically, since 1984, over 60 Yukoners have not returned home to their families. Yukon passed its own Day of Mourning for Victims of Workplace Injuries Act in 2002.
Every year, on April 28th, the nation pauses to remember our fallen and injured friends, colleague and family members. On that date, we renew our commitment to health and safety in the workplace.