Day of Mourning Ceremonies 2020

April 28, 2020
2020/04/28 9:30 AM 2020/04/28 5:30 PM UTC Day of Mourning Ceremonies 2020 April 28th is the labour movement’s most solemn day, but also one to refocus our commitment to prevent future workplace…

April 28th is the labour movement’s most solemn day, but also one to refocus our commitment to prevent future workplace injuries and deaths. Every year, thousands of workers, friends and families of fallen workers gather at ceremonies across Canada to recognize the National Day of Mourning for workers killed or injured on the job. Those activities must look very different now as we all do our part to limit the spread of the virus and protect those most vulnerable to serious health impacts.

This year, we will come together online from inside our homes in communities across the country. As we mourn for the dead, the Canadian Labour Congress continues to fight for the living.

Find a virtual event near you:

Atlantic Region


The Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour (NLFL) is putting up a video on Facebook and websites, ads in local radio stations all over Newfoundland and in the print media. Labour Councils in St. John’s, Corner Brook and Labrador West have produced videos which will go on both theirs and NLFL social media.


New Brunswick

All Labour Councils will be putting up a message on their Facebook page and will join in the NBFL Facebook live event on Tuesday, April 28 at 12:00 p.m. ADT.

Ontario Region

Barrie & District Labour Council

Pre-recorded video both in English & French to be shared on Facebook.

Video is being sent to local affiliates to be posted on their social media. They will be marking the day with light a candle #lightacandle.

Contact: Michelle MacDonald
Twitter: @B&DLabour Council

Brantford & District Labour Council   

Pre-recorded video of laying of wreath ceremony by Labour Council President, Don Guest to be posted on Facebook page.           

Tuesday, April 28 at 5:00 p.m. EDT


Chatham-Kent Labour Council

Full page ad in a local paper. The mayor and CEO of United Way will contribute to our message. Local radio station will air a message on Day of Mourning the week of April 27th.

Contact: Linda Reaume

Durham Region Labour Council

Zoom Day of Mourning Event
Tuesday, April 28 at 12:00 p.m. EDT
Guest Speakers:

  • Jennifer French, MPP Oshawa
  • John Henry, Chair, Durham Region
  • Dan Carter, Mayor of Oshawa
  • Natasha Luckhardt, Director of the documentary film “Town of Widows” on workers and asbestos at General Electric in Peterborough
  • Pam Parks, CUPE 6364, on “Stop the Pandemic at Work”
  • CLC Day of Mourning statement Kim Kent, CLC Rep
  • Invocation – Reverend Bill Tadeja
  • Lowering of the DRLC Day of Mourning flag and laying of wreath at the fallen workers monument – Chris Borgia, IBEW 353
  • Closing remarks – Tiffany Balducci, President, DRLC


Grey-Bruce & District Labour Council

Pre-recorded video. Video to be shared with Labour Council email list. Media advisory sent and posted. Also hosting a driving salute to essential workers beginning at 5:30 p.m. EDT.

Contact: Kevin Smith

Guelph & District Labour Council        

Virtual event from 5:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. EDT. Guest speakers: MPP and family member of a frontline worker who has COVID-19.

Contact : Sarah Neath

Hamilton & District Labour Council     

With the pandemic preventing traditional, in-person, ceremony for Day of Mourning, the HDLC is organizing several online and home activities that people will be able to participate in over the course of the day. We will update the Facebook event page with additional information if necessary.

Multiple Events include:

  • A live streaming video goes online
  • Family colouring activity for children
  • Candlelight vigil

Tuesday, April 28 at 9:00 a.m. EDT

Streaming Video goes online 11:00 a.m. EDT

Family Colouring Page activity for windows and doors 8:20 p.m. – 8:40 p.m. EDT.

Candle/flashlight lighting for the living.


Huron & District Labour Council          

Day of Mourning ad in the Focus, local newspaper. Share with affiliates to post on social media. Sending out CLC Day of Mourning resources including Light a Candle campaign.

Kapuskasing & District Labour Council         

Pre-recorded video of flag at half-mast. Will share video and light a candle CLC campaign with Labour Council’s email list.           

Tuesday, April 28th, 10:00 a.m. EDT
Contact: Bill Demontigny

Kenora & District Labour Council        

Pre-recorded video of laying of wreath and a cemetery – Labour Council president saying thoughts on DOM. Will be uploaded to their Facebook page. Affiliates asked to send videos or written statements for the Labour Council to share about Day of Mourning.

Tuesday, April 28th, 10:00 a.m. EDT
Contact: Glen Archer


Kingston & District Labour Council    

Posting photos on Day of Mourning with message to frontline workers. Survey for frontline workers.

Tuesday, April 28th – results published   

Mail photos to:

Survey link:

Lanark & District Labour Council        

Press Release.


Leeds and Grenville & District Labour Council

Survey to members Re: COVID-19 in their workplaces. Radio ads. Radio interview. Video for Facebook.


London & District Labour Council

Virtual event starts at 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. EDT.

Speakers: MPPs, MP. United Way will be sending the image for the windows and sending a press release and email to United Way folks.     

Contact: Steve Holmes

Niagara & District Labour Council       

Pre-recorded video of laying wreath ceremony by Labour Council President, Lou Ann Binning to be posted on Facebook page.

Check Facebook:

North Bay & District Labour Council   

Zoom meeting being shared to Labour Council’s Facebook live. Tuesday, April 28th, 11:00 a.m. EDT

Speakers being broadcasted:

  • a prayer
  • words from Labour Council president
  • greetings from City Councillor
  • thoughts from Ahmed Gaied OFL

Contact: Henri Giroux

North Simcoe Muskoka & District Labour Council 

Pre-recorded video to be shared with affiliates. Labour Council will be hosting their video on Facebook.

Pre-recorded messages from the keynote speakers:

  • Patty Coates, OFL president
  • Labour Council president
  • WHSC Rep
  • Community partners

Contact: Danny Taylor

Northumberland & District Labour Council  

Zoom Day of Mourning event. Tuesday, April 28th, 4:00 p.m. EDT

Guest speakers:

  • Kim Kent, CLC
  • Dave Killham, Executive Director, WHSC
  • Chris Leavitt, USW and Labour Council delegate
  • Dan Tobin, USW and Labour Council president
  • Bob Sanderson, Mayor of Port Hope and Warden of Northumberland County


Oakville & District Labour Council

Multiple social media posts asking followers to repost ODLC message and to post personal messages on ODLC Facebook page.

Tuesday, April 28th, all day

Orangeville & District Labour Council

Pre-recorded video post on Labour Council’s Facebook.
Tuesday, April 28th, 10:00 a.m. EDT

Speakers include:

  • Day of Mourning message from the president who is also a health care worker
  • Remarks from WHSC representative
  • Frontline workers share experience
  • Short statements from affiliates and other executive members

Contact: Sania Wadalia 905-601-7800

Ottawa & District Labour Council

Digital Webinar on Day of Mourning
Tuesday, April 28th, 12:30 p.m. EDT

To sign up:


Oxford Regional Labour Council         

Will join London virtual event.

Contact: Nancy John

Peel Regional Labour Council  

Day of Mourning Zoom meeting being shared to Labour Council’s Facebook live. Tuesday, April 28th, 10:00 a.m. EDT

  • Pre-recorded messages from three mayors
  • Live messages from injured workers’ Peel group president
  • Greetings from WHSC representatives
  • Greetings from Labour Council vice president
  • Keynote speaker: OPSEU health care worker
  • Solidarity song

Contact: Ram Selvarajah 647-222-4270

Peterborough & District Labour Council       

Day of Mourning Zoom meeting being shared to Labour Council’s Facebook live. Possible pre-recorded messages from multiple municipal elected officials, live messages from members of PDLC executive.

Tuesday, April 28th, 10:55 a.m. EDT


Quinte & District Labour Council

Will use the CLC products to ask people to have a moment of silence and light a candle and share it to their Facebook page at noon.

Tuesday, April 28th, 12:00 p.m. EDT

Renfrew & District Labour Council

Posting video on Day of Mourning

Sarnia & District Labour Council

Interview with media. Full page advertisement.

Contact: Jason McMichael

Sault Ste. Marie & District Labour Council

Sending out the CLC Day of Mourning Light a Candle campaign to email lists.

Tuesday, April 28th, 9:00 a.m. EDT

Contact: Michele McCleave

St. Thomas & District Labour Council

A video of the monument with Mayor Joe Preston and Mayor Sally Martyn.
Contact: Joe Mountenay

Sudbury & District Labour Council

Tuesday, April 28th, 11:00 a.m. EDT
Pre-recorded videos of speakers:

  • Labour Council president
  • MPP Jamie West
  • Mayor doing proclamation
  • Frontline workers’ union representative

Contact: Paul Pasanan

Thunder Bay & District Labour Council         

Pre-recorded video to be shared on Facebook.
Tuesday, April 28th, time TBA
Contact: Carlos Santander-Maturana

Timmins & District Labour Council

Pre-recorded video at Miner’s Memorial site, Labour Council president saying some words about Day of Mourning. Video to be shared with Labour Council email list.
Tuesday, April 28th, 10:00 a.m. EDT
Contact: J.P. Desilets

Toronto & York Region Labour Council

York Region

Day of Mourning Ceremonies will be held virtually this year. As is customary, there will be one event at 11:00 a.m. EDT for York Region and a second event at 12:00 p.m. EDT for Toronto.

Speakers to include a message from President John Cartwright. Check TYRDLC Facebook page and YouTube channel.

York Region:

Tuesday, April 28th, 11:00 a.m. EDT


Tuesday, April 28th, 12:00 p.m. EDT


Waterloo Regional Labour Council

Labour Council presidents’ remarks. Pre-recorded panel discussion with healthcare, retail and transit workers about their experiences during COVID-19.

Tuesday, April 28th, 10:30 a.m EDT

Contact: Kelly Dick
Stream at:

Windsor & District Labour Council      

Radio ad to be played on April 26-28. Four page Day of Mourning newspaper article paid by Locals, two hospitals and a few other companies. Digital presence in the newspaper to drive readers to our website and Facebook. Article in the newspaper leading up to April 28th.

Website and Facebook posts:

  • Day of Mourning speakers
  • Survivors
  • MPP
  • Union activists
  • Health & safety activists
  • Workers working through COVID-19
  • Public health nurse, grocery store employee, hospital nurses

Contact: Brian Hogan

Prairie Region

Calgary & District Labour Council

Zoom Webinar Event
Tuesday, April 28th, 12:00 p.m. MDT
Zoom webinar ID: 986 737 453
Phone number: 1-587-328-1099
To Join:

Contact: President – Alex Shevalier

Moose Jaw & District Labour Council

A wreath will be placed at the memorial at the Moose Jaw Union centre.

1402 Caribou St W, Moose Jaw, SK

Sharing videos on social media.


Regina & District Labour Council

Tuesday, April 28th, 5:30 p.m. CST

Facebook live:

Saskatoon & District Labour Council

Video presentation on their website:


Weyburn & District Labour Council

Video for social media:

Op-ed in local paper. One page advertisement in local paper:

Winnipeg Labour Council

DOM Facebook Virtual Ceremony Live Event
Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at 11:00 a.m.

CLC Prairie Region & Saskatchewan Labour Councils (Joint Project) 

Video of labour leaders and activists reading the names of the workers in Saskatchewan who lost their lives in 2019 as a result of workplace injuries or occupation disease.

Social media:

Pacific Region

Nanaimo, Duncan & District Labour Council

Campbell River, Courtenay & District Labour Council

Social media and wreath.

Fraser Valley Labour Council

Sharing CLC DOM graphics on social media

Sunshine Coast Labour Council

Newspaper ad, letter to the editor, social media

North Okanagan Labour Council

Ad placed in Kelowna Daily Courier.

Squamish Labour Council

Placing an ad in the local newspaper and Facebook.

Vancouver & District Labour Council

Co-sponsoring an online Day of Mourning ceremony along with the WCB, the BC Federation of Labour and the Business Council of BC. Speakers will also include Minister of Labour, Hon. Harry Bains.
Tuesday, April 28th, 10:30 a.m. PDT:

Kitimat Terrace & District Labour Council

Letter to the editor, creating a video message,

Kamloops & District Labour Council

Press release, letter to the editor, website, social media and wreath.

Prince Rupert Labour Council

Media advisory and website.

North Central Labour Council

Wreath, social media, press release and letter to the editor.

East Kootenay & District Labour Council

Letter to the editor and social media.

West Kootenay & District Labour Council

New Westminster & District Labour Council

Issuing a press release. Holding a virtual vigil with labour activists, municipal politicians and some clips from the past. Will promote an ask to light a candle at 7:00 p.m. PDT on Day of Mourning and in windows.

Virtual Vigil:
Tuesday, April 28th, 7:00 p.m. PDT

Contact: Janet Andrews 1-604-291-9306

Victoria Labour Council