April 28, 2021 marks the 30th National Day of Mourning in Canada. Community members are asked on this day to take some time to remember workers who have been killed, injured, or suffered illness due to workplace related hazards and occupational exposures.
In the era of the Covid-19 pandemic, it has become especially apparent that some workers face greater risks when providing front line and essential services to the community. Many times, the workers who are placed in the most precarious positions are those that already face systemic barriers to equality. Many are not able to work in the protection of their home, or access unpaid sick leave when providing care, food, transportation, and other vital services. Frontline and essential workers have become ill, and some have even lost their lives due to work related exposures to the virus and other health hazards.
All Canadians should enjoy an equal right to workplaces that are safe, healthy, and respectful of every individual’s dignity. We encourage you to take some time today to reflect on the many sacrifices Canadian workers make when providing goods and services, and how you can demonstrate your support and commitment to the promotion of safe workplaces.