News release

Nova Scotians Honour Workers and Families on Day of Mourning

Each year on April 28, Nova Scotians honour lives lost and those who were injured or suffered illness due to their work, as part of the national Day of Mourning.

It is also a time for Nova Scotia to renew its commitment to improving occupational health and safety across the province.

“Today is about paying tribute to those who have been injured or lost their lives on the job, as well as honouring their families, loved ones and colleagues who’ve been affected by these tragedies,” said Minister of Labour and Advanced Education Lena Metlege Diab. “This day also serves as a stark reminder that more work must be done in our vow to improve workplace health and safety in Nova Scotia.”

To honour those Nova Scotians who have been impacted, all provincial flags at Province House will be lowered to half-mast.

As an act of remembrance and a reminder to work safely, employers are encouraged to hold a moment of silence at 11 a.m.


A person’s life should not be at risk when they are at work. Every workplace death or injury is preventable and today and every day we rededicate ourselves to continue to work with all stakeholders to prevent workplace injuries and fatalities to ensure every Nova Scotian comes home from work, injury-free. Danny Cavanagh, president, Nova Scotia Federation of Labour

Today we honour those who have died, those who have been injured and those who contracted an occupational illness at work. For the families that mourn their loved ones lost to workplace tragedy, we stand with you and we recommit to doing all we can to keep Nova Scotians safe at work. Stuart MacLean, CEO, Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) Nova Scotia

Quick Facts:

  • in 2020, 18 Nova Scotians died from acute traumatic injuries on the job, the highest the province has seen since 2008. There were also 14 fatalities classified as chronic – seven related to occupational diseases and seven caused by health-related issues, such as heart attacks
  • the Department of Labour and Advanced Education and WCB Nova Scotia work closely with industry and other partners to promote workplace safety. Together the organizations, along with safety associations, conduct workplace visits and education and awareness campaigns

Additional Resources:

For more information about the national Day of Mourning visit:

For messages of condolences visit:

Threads of Life:

Nova Scotia Federation of Labour:

WCB Nova Scotia:

For workplace safety concerns or issues, contact: 1-800-9LABOUR


Media Contact:

Krista Higdon
Labour and Advanced Education Cell: 902-220-6619 Email:
Joan Wark
Nova Scotia Federation of Labour 902-454-6735 Email:
Cindy Porter
WCB Nova Scotia 902-220-6656 Email: