Statement by Minister Leitch on the National Day of Mourning

OTTAWA, April 28, 2014 /CNW/ - To mark the National Day of Mourning held each year on April 28, the Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, issued the following statement:

"Today, on the National Day of Mourning, we would like to pay tribute to the many Canadians who have been injured, killed or who suffer from illness because of workplace accidents and hazards. I extend my deepest sympathies to the families and friends of workers who lost their lives.

Work-related accidents and illnesses are detrimental to the families affected and to our communities. As an orthopedic surgeon, I have seen my share of job-related injuries and the effects they can have on the patients, their families and their overall life. Workplace health and safety is not something to be taken lightly.

In 2012 alone, in all Canadian workplaces, 245,000 people were injured while working. Moreover, each year across Canada, in both provincially and federally regulated sectors, close to 1,000 workers lose their lives on the job.

Our government is committed to protecting the health and safety of our most valuable resource—workers of all ages. We will continue to work closely with employers, employees, regulators and stakeholders to raise awareness in identifying work-related dangers and to help prevent on-the-job accidents, injuries and illnesses.

Today, as we honour those workers who have lost their lives, let us make a commitment to ensuring that our workers return home safely at the end of their work day."

SOURCE: Employment and Social Development Canada

For further information:

Andrew McGrath
Press Secretary
Office of the Hon. Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, P.C., O.Ont., M.P.
Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women

Media Relations
Office Employment and Social Development Canada
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