City observes National Day of Mourning

Guelph, Ont., April 18, 2019 – Please join us on April 26 for a flag-lowering ceremony to observe the National Day of Mourning in honour of those who have lost their lives or were injured in the workplace.

The event is an opportunity for the City’s Executive Team, City Council, leaders, union executives and employees to stand together and commit to making health and safety in the workplace a priority.

Flags at all City facilities will be lowered on April 26, and will remain lowered until April 29. From April 26-28, City Hall will be lit in yellow, joining other landmarks in Ontario lighting up to commemorate the National Day of Mourning.


Flag-lowering ceremony to observe the National Day of Mourning


Speaking at the event:

  • Mayor Cam Guthrie
  • Trevor Lee, Acting Chief Administrative Officer, City of Guelph
  • CUPE union president Connie McDonald (CUPE Local 973), Tiffany McVeigh (CUPE Local 241) and Patricia Gray (CUPE Local 1946)


Friday, April 26, 2019
11:45 a.m.-noon


Market Square at City Hall

About the National Day of Mourning

Canada observes the National Day of Mourning every year on April 28. The day is used to commemorate workers killed, injured or who have fallen ill due to workplace hazards and incidents.

What started as a local event in Sudbury in 1984 has grown into a day observed in over 80 countries around the world. Further, in 1990, the National Day of Mourning was enshrined in Canada with the passing of the Workers Mourning Day Act.

Media contact

Paul Allen, Program Manager, Health and Safety
Human Resources
519-822-1260 extension 3362
[email protected]