Tuesday, April 28 we remember those affected by workplace injury, illness

Manitoba is joining with jurisdictions across Canada in proclaiming April 28 as a National Day of Mourning and observing a minute of silence at 11 a.m. for workers and their families who have been affected by workplace injury and illness.


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Today, we pause to remember and honour those who died of work-related causes and those whose lives have been forever impacted by injury and illness.


In 2019, 19 Manitobans died as a result of occupational illness and acute hazards. They are mourned by their families, friends and coworkers.


As we remember them, we are renewing our commitment to keep Manitoban safe and healthy in the workplace.


We will continue to work together with employers and other partners toward our common goal of bringing Manitobans home safe from work each and every day.


While we cannot remember these workers in person today due to COVID-19 restrictions, virtual events are being held in Winnipeg to commemorate and honour them. The flags at the main entrance of the Legislative Building have been lowered today to mark this important day of reflection and action.


More than ever, we need to be mindful of safety and health on the job. I want to recognize Manitoba’s front-line health-care workers who show courage and dedication in fighting COVID-19 every day. I encourage all Manitobans to take a moment of reflection today.


Manitoba is joining more than 80 countries around the world to observe this day of mourning



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