MARKHAM, ON — April 28, 2020 – Today, the City of Markham released an online video to recognize the National Day of Mourning; to honour and remember those workers who have lost their lives, been seriously injured or suffered illness due to workplace hazards.

As a result of the current global COVID-19 pandemic and the need to practice physical distancing, the City or Markham turned to video to pay tribute to those who have lost their lives due to work-related tragedies and to renew Markham's commitment to ensure a healthy and safe workplace.

“On a day where flags are lowered and ceremonies are typically held across the country, including in Markham, we honour all who were lost or injured in the workplace,” says Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti. “We cannot be physically together during this public health emergency. However, this day takes on extra meaning, as we thank all who are on the front lines, including our healthcare heroes, first responders, grocery store employees, truck drivers and all the other essential workers who are keeping us safe, fed and connected. There are families that will sadly suffer great loss and pain as we battle the COVID-19 pandemic. Today we pause, remember and express our gratitude for all who answer the call, you are heroes.”

April 28 was chosen to reflect the National Day of Mourning in 1984, when the Canadian Labour Congress proclaimed the day to align with the 70th anniversary of the day the provincial government approved the Ontario Workers' Compensation Act. Canadian workers and employers observe the National Day of Mourning on April 28 in a variety of ways. Some light candles, wear commemorative pins, ribbons or black armbands, lay wreaths, and pause for a moment of silence. Today, the flags at Markham Civic Centre, 8100 Warden and Markham Fire Stations will fly at half-staff. To ensure these tragedies are not forgotten, each year the Day of Mourning is commemorated nationally.

"Every year on April 28 we pay our respects to and remember the thousands of workers who have been killed, injured or suffered illness as a result of work-related incidents," says Deputy Chief Adam Grant, Markham Fire & Emergency Services and Co-Chair of Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee. "We take proactive steps to eliminate or reduce risk in our workplace and work hard to predict future vulnerabilities and protect against them. Every member of our Fire service has the right to return home safe and sound at the end of each work day."

"Both the City of Markham and CUPE 905, Markham Unit are committed to making sure all of our colleagues are safe when providing the essential services that residents rely on every day," says Rob Kerfoot, Unit Chairperson for CUPE Local 905 Markham Unit. "Our commitment to healthy and safe workplaces must never lapse because a job can only be done right if it’s done safely.” 


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Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti's Office: Lama Nicolas, Senior Communications Advisor at lnicolas@markham.ca or 416.671.2890.

All other media inquiries / interview requests for the City of Markham:
Jennifer Yap, Coordinator, Communications and Media Relations at jyap@markham.ca or 437.229.2450.

About Markham: Markham, an award-winning municipality with over 355,000 residents and the largest of nine communities in York Region, is home to over 400 corporate head offices and more than 1,500 high tech and life science companies. Markham is a leader in attracting foreign direct investment with more than 210 foreign companies located in the City. Founded in the 1790s, today Markham is Canada’s most diverse community and enjoys a rich heritage, outstanding community planning and services, and a vibrant local economy. Markham has received the Excellence Canada Gold Award for Organizational Quality & Healthy Workplace, and multiple heritage and environmental awards. 

Stay Connected: Visit our newsroom or search #MarkhamNews and #MarkhamEvents for the latest information on City programs, services and events.



MARKHAM, ON — April 28, 2020 – Today, the City of Markham released an online video to recognize the National Day of Mourning; to honour and remember those workers who have lost their lives, been seriously injured or suffered illness due to workplace hazards.

As a result of the current global COVID-19 pandemic and the need to practice physical distancing, the City or Markham turned to video to pay tribute to those who have lost their lives due to work-related tragedies and to renew Markham's commitment to ensure a healthy and safe workplace.

“On a day where flags are lowered and ceremonies are typically held across the country, including in Markham, we honour all who were lost or injured in the workplace,” says Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti. “We cannot be physically together during this public health emergency. However, this day takes on extra meaning, as we thank all who are on the front lines, including our healthcare heroes, first responders, grocery store employees, truck drivers and all the other essential workers who are keeping us safe, fed and connected. There are families that will sadly suffer great loss and pain as we battle the COVID-19 pandemic. Today we pause, remember and express our gratitude for all who answer the call, you are heroes.”

April 28 was chosen to reflect the National Day of Mourning in 1984, when the Canadian Labour Congress proclaimed the day to align with the 70th anniversary of the day the provincial government approved the Ontario Workers' Compensation Act. Canadian workers and employers observe the National Day of Mourning on April 28 in a variety of ways. Some light candles, wear commemorative pins, ribbons or black armbands, lay wreaths, and pause for a moment of silence. Today, the flags at Markham Civic Centre, 8100 Warden and Markham Fire Stations will fly at half-staff. To ensure these tragedies are not forgotten, each year the Day of Mourning is commemorated nationally.

"Every year on April 28 we pay our respects to and remember the thousands of workers who have been killed, injured or suffered illness as a result of work-related incidents," says Deputy Chief Adam Grant, Markham Fire & Emergency Services and Co-Chair of Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee. "We take proactive steps to eliminate or reduce risk in our workplace and work hard to predict future vulnerabilities and protect against them. Every member of our Fire service has the right to return home safe and sound at the end of each work day."

"Both the City of Markham and CUPE 905, Markham Unit are committed to making sure all of our colleagues are safe when providing the essential services that residents rely on every day," says Rob Kerfoot, Unit Chairperson for CUPE Local 905 Markham Unit. "Our commitment to healthy and safe workplaces must never lapse because a job can only be done right if it’s done safely.” 


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Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti's Office: Lama Nicolas, Senior Communications Advisor at lnicolas@markham.ca or 416.671.2890.

All other media inquiries / interview requests for the City of Markham:
Jennifer Yap, Coordinator, Communications and Media Relations at jyap@markham.ca or 437.229.2450.

About Markham: Markham, an award-winning municipality with over 355,000 residents and the largest of nine communities in York Region, is home to over 400 corporate head offices and more than 1,500 high tech and life science companies. Markham is a leader in attracting foreign direct investment with more than 210 foreign companies located in the City. Founded in the 1790s, today Markham is Canada’s most diverse community and enjoys a rich heritage, outstanding community planning and services, and a vibrant local economy. Markham has received the Excellence Canada Gold Award for Organizational Quality & Healthy Workplace, and multiple heritage and environmental awards. 

Stay Connected: Visit our newsroom or search #MarkhamNews and #MarkhamEvents for the latest information on City programs, services and events.