Workers Compensation Board of Prince Edward Island

Commemorating workers injured or killed on the job

April 25, 2019

This Sunday, April 28th is the national Day of Mourning, a day set aside to honour the memory of workers who have been injured or killed on the job. On this day, and throughout the year, Islanders are encouraged to remember those we have lost and those affected by workplace tragedy, by raising awareness of workplace safety.


The Prince Edward Island Federation of Labour will be hosting the annual Day of Mourning Ceremony at 2pm on Sunday, April 28. The Ceremony is open to the public and will be held at the St. Paul’s Hall, 101 Prince Street in Charlottetown and will be followed by a public reception.

“On Sunday, we’ll take a moment to remember the people who didn’t return home to their loved ones because of a workplace injury or illness,” said Stuart Affleck, Workers Compensation Board Chair. “We will remember the lives that were lost too soon, the families left behind and reaffirm our commitment to making PEI workplaces safer.”

The Day of Mourning was first recognized in Canada in 1984, and since then has been commemorated in over 100 countries worldwide. 

“On this day, our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those who lost their lives on the job,” states Carl Pursey, President, PEI Federation of Labour. “We will come together to honour their memory, mourn their loss and dedicate ourselves to improve workplace health and safety.”


Islanders may also mark the day by lowering workplace flags at half-mast, observing a moment of silence or wearing a Day of Mourning lapel sticker available from the Workers Compensation Board at 14 Weymouth Street in Charlottetown.

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