National Day of Mourning, in memory of workers

April 28 is the National Day of Mourning, a time to remember those who have lost their lives, or experienced illness or injury while on the job. We commemorate this day by lowering our flags to half-mast and holding a moment of silence at 11 a.m. In the evening, the GTAA Apron Tower will receive special yellow lighting.

To reflect and recommit ourselves to our goal of zero injuries and preventing workplace tragedies, a ceremony will be held on Friday, April 26, at 11 a.m.

We encourage all to join in this observance and continue to work towards our vision of zero injuries. For those able to join in person:

  • 10:45 a.m.: Arrive at Lounge 15 in Terminal 1, Departures level
  • 11:00 a.m.: Moment of silence followed by a ceremony and reception

The National Day of Mourning was created by the Canadian Labour Congress to honour workers who were injured, became ill or lost a life as a result of their work. In 1991, the Parliament of Canada passed the Workers Mourning Day Act, making April 28 an official Day of Mourning. Since then, it has spread to more than 100 countries around the world and is recognized as Workers’ Memorial Day, and as International Workers' Memorial Day by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC).

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