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Day of Mourning

The Day of Mourning is a day intended to recognize those who lost their lives as a result of a work-related incident or occupational diseases.

In 2016 there were 144 work related fatalities in BC: 10 were directly related to forestry operations and 2 were related to forest products manufacturing. This year ceremonies will be held April 28th to commemorate workers.
Day of Mourning ceremonies have been held across the country ever since the Canadian Labour Congress initiated a national Day of Mourning ceremony on April 28, 1984 and is now recognized annually around the world in more than 100 countries.

April 28th was chosen because it was on this date in 1914 that the first Workers’ Compensation Act was brought into effect in Canada.