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Canadians Commemorate National Day of Mourning for Workplace Safety

Ottawa ON – As Canadians across the country mark the National Day of Mourning, a solemn occasion to remember those who have lost their lives or been injured due to workplace incidents, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued a heartfelt statement acknowledging the significance of the day.

In his statement, delivered from Ottawa, Ontario, the Prime Minister emphasized the importance of honoring the sacrifices made by workers and supporting those affected by workplace tragedies. He highlighted the various ways in which Canadians pay tribute on this day, including lighting candles, laying wreaths, observing moments of silence, and wearing commemorative symbols such as pins, ribbons, or black armbands.

Trudeau also underscored the government’s commitment to improving workplace safety, citing efforts to strengthen the Canada Labour Code through initiatives like Bill C-65. Additionally, he mentioned the collaboration with the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety to provide resources and services aimed at raising awareness and promoting safer work environments.

The Prime Minister’s call to action urged Canadians to join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #DayOfMourning, encouraging individuals to share their stories and contribute to raising awareness about the importance of workplace safety.

In response to Trudeau’s statement, labor unions and advocacy groups have echoed the sentiment, emphasizing the need for continued vigilance in protecting workers’ rights and ensuring their safety on the job. Many have called for increased enforcement of safety regulations and improved access to resources for workers, particularly those in high-risk industries.

As Canadians unite in remembrance and advocacy, the National Day of Mourning serves as a poignant reminder of the ongoing struggle for workplace safety and the importance of collective action in creating safer, healthier workplaces for all.


The Prime Minister’s statement on the National Day of Mourning underscores the government’s commitment to improving workplace safety and supporting those affected by workplace incidents. Trudeau’s acknowledgment of the sacrifices made by workers and the initiatives aimed at preventing future tragedies are commendable. However, it’s essential for these words to translate into concrete actions, including robust enforcement of safety regulations and increased support for workers and their families. As Canadians commemorate this day, it’s crucial to remember that the fight for workplace safety is ongoing and requires continued vigilance and advocacy from all stakeholders.

Alwin Marshall-Squire

Alwin Marshall-Squire is the Editor-in-Chief of GTA Today and serves as the Parliament Hill Reporter covering Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his cabinet. With a commitment to accurate and timely news coverage, Marshall-Squire brings depth and insight to the forefront of Canadian journalism. For feedback, reach out at

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