To the Legislative Assembly of Ontario:
WHEREAS the Day of Mourning is a day to remember and honour those who have been killed, injured or who suffered illness as a result
of work-related incidents and to honour their families. It also serves as a day to protect the living by strengthening our commitment to
health and safety in all workplaces in Ontario for the common goal of preventing further deaths and injuries from occurring in the
WHEREAS a workers Day of Mourning is recognized in more than 100 countries around the world.
WHEREAS 1,000 Canadian workers are killed on the job each year and hundreds of thousands more are injured or permanently disabled.
WHEREAS it is expected that more than 90% of workplace deaths are preventable, and raised awareness of this fact is necessary. Every
worker is entitled to a safe work environment, free of preventable accidents, and that we, as a Province, are committed to reaching such
WHEREAS our MUSH sector (municipal, universities, schools, & hospitals) as leaders in their communities are not doing enough to
recognize and raise awareness of the seriousness of workplace injury and death.
WHEREAS the flag symbolizes us as a Province, and the lowered flag is a powerful symbol of our shared loss and respect, brings focus to
the issues, and symbolizes we are united on this front as a Province at all levels, not divided.
WE THE UNDERSIGNED petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario as follows:
To support the workers of Ontario with swift passage of Bill 180, Workers Day of Mourning Act, 2016 that would require all publicly
funded provincial and municipal buildings to lower their Canadian and Ontario flags on April 28th each year.