Though labour laws continue to evolve, 919 Canadians died at work in 2014. That’s more than two workers a day, based on statistics from the Association of Workers’ Compensations Boards of Canada.
“Those are the official numbers,” said Kim Kent, Stratford & District Labour president. “In reality, the death toll is much higher because these numbers only include people with workers’ compensation benefits. Hundreds more die every year, but their deaths aren’t counted. Their illnesses and occupational diseases aren’t recognized either by compensation, or simply went unreported.”
To honour those workers and push for more progressive legislation, the Stratford & District Labour Council will meet in Upper Queen’s Park April 28 at 10:30 a.m. to mark National Day of Mourning. Members of the public are welcome to attend or lay flowers at the monument dedicated to workers who have been killed or injured on the job.