Flags across Canada will fly at half-mast today, April 28, in remembrance of individuals who lost their lives due to workplace injury or illness. 

The flags at the Saskatchewan Legislature will fly at half-mast today in remembrance of 31 individuals who lost their lives

Since 1984, every April 28, Canada has marked the National Day of Mourning. The day is an opportunity to remember and honour those who were killed, injured or fell ill in the workplace. 

The City of Humboldt remembers their loss of a member on September 18, 2019, stating, “As we will never be able to begin to imagine the feelings of loss, sadness and mourning of his family, we can relate to how it feels to lose an employee, co-worker and friend. Incidents like this hurt and are simply unimaginable to experience. Please take the time today to acknowledge, promote and support safe working conditions in your organization.”

"Our thoughts are with the families, friends and colleagues who are mourning the tragic loss of a loved one," Labour Relations and Workplace Safety Minister Don Morgan said.  "Every life lost, and every illness or injury, has a tremendous impact on families, communities and workplaces. Let us work to put safety and health first so that everyone comes home safely at the end of the day."

"Words offer very little comfort after the tragic loss of a loved one to a workplace incident," Saskatchewan Workers' Compensation Board (WCB) Chairperson Gord Dobrowolsky said. "Which is why today and every day, we must re-affirm our commitment to zero injuries, zero fatalities and zero suffering in our workplaces.  It's together that we will put an end to workplace injuries and illnesses."

The Ministry of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety states they are looking to reduce the provincial time-loss injury rate by 25 percent by 2030, with the ultimate goal being Mission: Zero.