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  • April 28th 2015 Day of Mourning
    Updated On: Apr 28, 2015

    Is Today the day you die at work?

    Over 1,000 Canadian workers are dying every year. In Canada, four workers die each day.

    The number of people killed at work each year in Canada has risen for the past 15 years. This is in contrast to almost every other OECD country where the incidence of workplace fatalities is declining. In 2007, according to the latest report from the Association of Workers' Compensation Boards of Canada, 1,055 people lost their lives at work. That's four people every work day. Dead because their workplace was not safe.

    Dead because they got injured. Dead because they got cancer. Dead because they were attacked.

    Four people every day who never come home again. Dead because their employer failed to ensure they were safe at work. In addition to these workers killed at work, there are many others where the death goes unreported if they die of a disease unrecognized as an occupational disease.

    The need for enforcement

    The number and rate of workplace fatalities in Canada, even from accidents, is unacceptably high. We have failed to make progress in reducing the number and rate of workplace deaths.

    We have some of the best health and safety laws in the country, yet the number of workers that lose their life continues to increase. In many jurisdictions, the monitoring of labour and safety standards has been drastically cut back, or even replaced by "voluntary" industry compliance.

    Canada can do much better. Canada needs to enforce the law and save workers' lives.

    Enough is Enough. It's time to enforce the law and bring employers who kill to justice.

    It's time for the provinces and territories to appoint special prosecutors to lay charges against employers when their actions cause death or serious injury. More inspectors must be hired to ensure employers comply with the law. It's also time for all governments to enact new regulations that deal with known dangers in today's workplaces, including workplace violence, exposure to toxins and carcinogens, repetitive stress injuries and injuries caused by poor ergonomics, workplace harassment and stress. Any workplace death or injury is preventable.

    Thousands of men and women, some as young as 15, have needlessly had their lives taken over the past 25 years by their employers. How many more of us have to be killed before governments finally take action?

    Listen for Local 258 IBEW's radio ad being broadcast on Vista Radio stations across BC and on Chilliwack's Country 107 FM from April 24th through to April 28th. Click below to listen now.


    Please find a list of of labour sponsored ceremonies taking place around the province honouring workers on the Day of Mourning, Tuesday, April 28th. Please attend if you can.

    Date & Time

    City Organization Location
    April 26 @ 11:00 am SQUAMISH Squamish & District Labour Committee Workers' Memorial Monument, Pavilion Park
    April 28 @ 7:30 am SURREY CUPE 402, City of Surrey, WCB City of Surrey Works Yard, 6645 148 Street
    April 28 @ 10:30 am VANCOUVER BC Federation of Labour; WCB New Vancouver Convention Centre, 1055 Canada Place
    April 28 @ 11:00 am GIBSONS Sunshine Coast Labour Council Dougal Park on Gower Road
    April 28 @ noon KELOWNA North Okanagan Labour Council; BCGEU; WCB Ben Lee Park (at Franklin & Houghton, near the water park)
    April 28 @ noon NELSON West Kootenay Labour Council Lakeside Park at the Tyler Memorial Field House
    April 28 @ noon PRINCE GEORGE North Central Labour Council; WCB Workers' Memorial Statue (Patricia Blvd. and Queensway Street)
    April 28 @ noon STEVESTON UFAWU-Unifor; BC Fish Harvesters Association Garry Point Park, 7th Avenue
    April 28 @ 5:00 pm VANCOUVER BC Federation of Labour; Vancouver & District Labour Council; New Westminster & District Labour Council Vancouver Art Gallery, corner Georgia & Hornsby
    April 28 @ 6:00 pm KAMLOOPS Kamloops & District Labour Council St. Andrews on the Square, 159 Seymour Street


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