Statement from Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath on National Day of Mourning

Today, New Democrats across the province stand in solidarity with workers on the National Day of Mourning to say that even one worker killed at work is too many

Every year in Ontario, hundreds of workers are killed on the job or die from work-related illnesses or injuries. Thousands more are seriously injured. Every injury, illness and death in the workplace is unacceptable, and we as Ontarians have a responsibility to ensure that every worker makes it home safely, every day. 

Every Ontarian has the right to earn a living, and return home safely to their loved ones. And every worker is entitled to protection, including part-time or migrant workers, and those trapped in unstable employment.  

New Democrats are committed to improving occupational health and safety regulations, and their enforcement. We’re committed to working with unions, employers, OHS experts and with the WSIB to eliminate workplace incidents in Ontario, and provide care and support for victims of workplace illness and injury, including those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

We mourn the dead, and we fight for the living – and we will not stop until workplace injuries and deaths are a thing of the past.