Toronto, ON (April 28, 2020) — Today the College of Trades joins all those recognizing the Day of Mourning. This day is observed every year to commemorate workers who have been injured, disabled, or lost their lives at their place of work or from exposures inherent to their occupation. Our thoughts are also with all the workers’ family members affected by those tragedies. In particular this year we think of those essential workers who are working hard at increased risk during the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Approximately 1,000 Canadian workers lose their lives on the job each year, while hundreds of thousands more are injured or made ill; these workplace-related deaths are preventable. We must all strive to do better, together.
On behalf of the Ontario College of Trades, we would like to thank tradespeople for their commitment and service to all Ontarians and take the time to remember the thousands of workers, and their families, who have been impacted by work-related incidents.