Day of Mourning

Traditionally, the April 28th Day of Mourning ceremonies and events have helped us mark an important day in labour movement, allowing workers and families to come together every year to mourn for the dead, and re-commit to our fight for the living.

This year, those activities must look very different as we all do our part to limit the spread of the virus and protect those most vulnerable to serious health impacts. We cannot gather in-person, but that does not mean we will stand down on this important day.

In order to respect public health directives, all Day of Mourning activities will be online this year. By moving our activities online we protect others while re-committing to our annual vow to mourn for the dead, and fight for the living. 

As always, we continue to emphasize the employer’s obligation to ensure a safe and healthy workplace, and acknowledge workers’ right to know, to participate, and to refuse unsafe work. One workplace death is one too many.

Virtual candlelight vigil

We can show our solidarity with other frontline workers and remember fallen workers by lighting a candle in our homes and by posting a photo to social media with the hashtag #WorkersDayofMourning and #StopthePandemicAtWork. You can also submit your photos to [at]

Frontline workers are encouraged to share a photo in your uniform or protective apparel using the same hashtags. 

Together in unison, we're urging our members, families and friends to observe a minute’s silence on Tuesday 28 April to remember all the health care and other key workers who have lost their lives to COVID-19, senseless acts of violence, employer neglect, and unsafe workplaces.

Sample social media messages:

  • Shining a light on those who are working to #StopthePandemicAtWork
  • Thank you to all frontline workers on #WorkersDayofMourning
  • Together we can #StopthePandemicAtWork
  • Unions in action #StopthePandemicAtWork
  • Fighting for Paid Sick Leave, Safe Workplaces #WorkersDayofMourning

For more information visit:

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To make a dedication to someone you’d like to honour, visit

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