June 1st is Injured Workers' Day
May 20, 2020
On June 1, we join with labour and social justice organizations from across Ontario to recognize Injured Workers’ Day and stand up for those who have been injured or made ill as a result of their work.
Over three thousand injured workers gathered at Queen’s Park on June 1, 1983 forcing a government committee working on major changes to Ontario’s workers’ compensation system to conduct a public hearing on the steps of the legislature. This historic day led to subsequent annual rallies— on the day known as Injured Workers’ Day – to continually advocate for the worker’s protection.
Health-care workers continue to have some of the highest rates of injury and illness statistics in the workforce. At the same time, our workers’ compensation system is in crisis as cuts to benefits and changes to policies make it more difficult for injured workers to get fair compensation and adequate protection.
In 2020, the risks they face on the job are recognized worldwide as they fight on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. All health-care workers must have access to proper personal protective equipment(PPE), including fit-tested N95 masks, when treating suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patients. 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.
This year, for the first time since 1983, Injured Workers' Day will not take place at Queen's Park. Instead, due to COVID-19, activities will be moved online:
- The 15th Annual Women of Inspiration Vigil is May 31st from 4 to 5 p.m. Click here to register and view the virtual vigil or click here to live stream on YouTube.
- The 37th Annual Injured Workers' Day is June 1 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Click here to register and participate online or click here to live stream on YouTube.
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."
The Injured Workers Online website has information about Injured Workers Day events and other information and resources.
Visit the Ontario Ministry of Labour's website for information about health and safety standards, prevention tips and important updates.
For more workplace safety information, links and resources, visit the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety.