April 28 is the Day of Mourning

April 28, 2020

The Ontario Nurses' Association has been a leader in occupational health and safety issues that affect not only our members, but everyone in society. 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 (CLC). In 1991, the day became a national observance when the Workers Mourning Day Act was passed, making April 28 an official Workers' Mourning Day.

Each year on April 28, ONA members, staff and colleagues commemorate those who have been injured, made ill or killed at work, including ONA members Nelia Laroza, RN and Tecla Lin, RN who died after contracting SARS while caring for infected patients, and Lori Dupont, RN, who was murdered while working at a Windsor hospital.

ONA_PandemicPhoto_RBanner_20200327-fixedHealth-care workers continue to have some of the highest rates of injury and illness statistics in the workforce. In 2020, the risks they face on the job are recognized worldwide as they fight on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.


We encourage ONA members, their families and friends to join us and other labour leaders in marking Canada's Day of Mourning.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our members and the public must refrain from attending live events, such as parades and rallies. The CLC and local labour councils are busy reshaping plans for the Day of Mourning. In-person events will not go forward but the Day of Mourning will be marked. We will post information about online events as it is available.

ONA Resources:

Our COVID-19 webpage has the latest news, guidance and resources for ONA members as we navigate this crisis. ONA members can submit COVID-19 questions to COVIDQuestions@ona.org.

Visit ONA’s Health & Safety webpage for the latest health and safety news, teleconnect information, important resources, and contacts.

Unsafe workplaces can hurt patients, clients and residents. Hazards can put all workers at risk. Watch our health and safety video, "Report Hazards- Unsafe workplaces hurt patients, too."

More Resources:

For more workplace safety information, links and resources, visit the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety. Also visit their Day of Mourning page for information and materials.

The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board's website has Day of Mourning resources including a toolkit, stories and the ability to leave a public tribute.

Share your story:

If you are a frontline worker or know someone who is risking their life at work, the CLC wants to hear from you. By sharing your story, you will help everyone better appreciate and understand what it means to be a frontline worker at this time.

Click here to learn more about sharing your story for the Day of Mourning.



Please right click on the posters below to download. Feel free to share on your social media channels!

For French posters, please click here and here.


ONA's Day of Morning 2002 poster featuring a nurse in personal protective equipment.


ONA's Day of Morning 2002 poster featuring a nurse in personal protective equipment.


Please click on the links below to download our Day of Mourning shareables and share them with your social media following.


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