Day of Mourning

April 28 is nationally recognized as a Day of Mourning—a day dedicated to remembering workers who lost their lives through work-related illness or injury.

In 2023, 165 Alberta workers lost their lives as a result of their employment. Each loss has a profound impact on families, friends, employers and co-workers. To help recognize the significance of this day, materials are available to commemorate those people we’ve lost, who meant so much to so many.

Individuals like Davinder

Born in Punjab, India, Davinder was the oldest son of a middle-class family. To his parents, he was a humble and devoted son; to his younger brothers, he was a role model and a superhero. It was his parents’ wish that he move to Canada to pursue better opportunities, and in 2017, he arrived in Ontario to turn his passion for mechanics into a lifelong career.

Davinder met his wife Ishika in Ontario and they were married in a small ceremony in 2021. Though COVID-19 delayed their plans for a traditional Indian wedding, they didn’t let it slow them down from building a life together.

They moved to Calgary where Davinder began work as an apprentice mechanic. Their plan was to build a new house and, once Davinder earned his Red Seal certification, they would reunite with their friends and family in India for their big dream wedding.

Those plans ended on April 27, 2023, when Davinder lost his life in a motor-vehicle incident while on the job. He was only 24 years old.

For those who had the fortune of knowing Davinder, he was a ray of light and source of inspiration. He was passionate, multi-talented and a joy to everyone around him. His kind spirit will be remembered always. He will be missed.

Together, let's take a moment on Sunday, April 28 to honour the lives lost to work-related illnesses and injuries.

2023 Fatalities

165 lives were lost in 2023 due to workplace illnesses and injuries.

Occupational disease 89
Trauma 39
Motor vehicle incident 29
Others 8


Digital materials:

Print-friendly materials:

For best results, please print on "11 x 17”

Memorial Poster Memorial poster [PDF, 0.40MB]

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