April 28 is the National Day of Mourning
April 16, 2023
In 2023, we observe the fourth National Day of Mourning since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has exacerbated pre-existing problems in our health-care system and has taken a tremendous toll on the health and well-being of front-line health-care workers, from burnout to PTSD and more.
The National Day of Mourning is observed each year in Canada on April 28, to commemorate those who have been injured, made ill or killed while on the job due to workplace hazards or incidents. The observance began in 1984 and it was officially declared an annual day of remembrance the following year by the Canadian Labour Congress. In 1991, the day became a national observance, when the Workers’ Mourning Day Act was passed.
Each year on April 28, ONA members, staff and colleagues commemorate those who have been injured, made ill or killed at work. We honour ONA members, including Brian Beattie, who died due to COVID-19; a member who passed away in a work-related car accident; Nelia Laroza and Tecla Lin who died after contracting SARS; and Lori Dupont, who was murdered while working at a Windsor hospital. The list of members who have passed away due to work-related issues sadly continues to grow.
The Ontario Nurses' Association has been a leader in occupational health and safety issues that affect not only our members, but everyone in society. We will continue to advocate for members’ health and safety at the government, employer and Bargaining Unit levels.
Workplace injuries, deaths and illnesses are preventable.
- Ontario Nurses' Association - Health and Safety
- Ontario Nurses' Association - COVID-19 Updates
- Ontario Nurses' Association - Workplace Safety & Insurance Board Help
- Sign up for ONA's Health and Safety eBulletin, "On the Safe Side"
- CFNU "In memoriam: Canada’s health workers who have died of COVID-19"
- Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety
- Workers Health and Safety Centre
- Canadian Labour Congress - Workplace Health and Safety