National Day of Mourning
TORONTO — The Honourable Laurie Scott, Minister of Labour, issued the following statement regarding the National Day of Mourning:
"Today, April 28th, is the National Day of Mourning. This day was chosen to coincide with the day in 1914 when Ontario's first Worker's Compensation Act came to be. Here in Ontario, thousands of people will pause to honour and remember those who have died, been injured, or became ill as a result of their job.
"As the Minister of Labour, one of my top priorities is to understand and ensure that Ontarians have the proper protections, such as legislation and regulations, to prevent and eliminate workplace incidents. I am committed to ensuring that Ontario's workplaces remain among the safest in the world.
"We need everyone - the government, our health and safety partners, and workers and employers - working together to help promote health and safety to prevent further workplace tragedies.
"While today we remember those who have been killed or injured on the job, we are also committed to developing Ontario's next Occupational Health and Safety Strategy. Our strategy will focus on the message that everyone has a role to play in a safe workplace and the prevention of future deaths and injuries."