“Each year, on the National Day of Mourning, people in British Columbia and across Canada remember those who lost their lives or suffered serious injuries as a result of workplace incidents.
“Last year, there were 140 work-related deaths and many more injuries in B.C. Today, we honour them and acknowledge the grief felt by their family and friends who miss them.
“Everyone deserves to work in a safe environment. Over the past two years, WorkSafeBC has hired 40 more prevention and investigation officers, stepped up inspections and made penalties more stringent.
“B.C. has also significantly increased education on workplace safety. But no injury or death at work is acceptable, and there is more to do.
“During the COVID-19 pandemic, workplace safety has taken on new meaning and new urgency. Essential workers are demonstrating great courage and dedication simply by doing their jobs during this challenging time.
“Our government is determined to keep people safe on the job during this pandemic. We are following direction from Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer. We are committed to making sure that workers know their rights and have access to the most accurate and up-to-date information on how to keep workplaces safe and healthy. And, under the leadership of Harry Bains, Minister of Labour, our government is working to make British Columbia workplaces the safest in Canada, today and every day.
“To all those who continue to work during this crisis: thank you for keeping B.C.’s lights on. You are making sure people can get food and access services. You are caring for people’s children, seniors and the most vulnerable populations. You are doing your part, and we will continue doing ours by helping to keep you safe at work.”