National Day of Mourning - April 28th, 2016


This April 28th, please join AIA in a moment of silence to commemorate the Canadian workers who have been killed, injured or suffered illness due to workplace related hazards and incidents.

Worker safety is a priority for AIA and its members and we believe that the automotive sector should continually strive to achieve safer workplaces, products and processes that have the health of our sector’s employees top of mind.

Recently, much attention has been placed on the harmful effects of asbestos. Although many brakes and clutches used in new and recent model vehicles do not contain asbestos, it has not been totally eliminated. Service technicians and employees in the automotive repair shops as well as do-it-yourselfers may still be unaware that asbestos could be present in both old and replacement brakes and clutches and they could be exposed to toxic and potentially life threatening asbestos dust.

AIA asks that its members be mindful of the potential risk that continuing to use asbestos-based products could cause and work towards eliminating this material from their shops, store fronts, and manufacturing processes.


About the National Day of Mourning

The National Day of Mourning, held annually on April 28, was officially recognized by the federal government in 1991, eight years after the day of remembrance was launched by the Canadian Labour Congress. The Day of Mourning has since spread to about 80 countries around the world and has been adopted by the AFL-CIO and the International Confederation of Free Trade.

National Day of Mourning activities across the nation include the Canadian flag on Parliament Hill flying at half-mast; candlelight vigils; donning ribbons and black armbands; and, observing moments of silence. Businesses are asked to participate by declaring April 28 a Day of Mourning and to strive to prevent workplace deaths, illnesses and injuries.


Learn about asbestos and how exposure can be dangerous to your health. Also find out how to properly handle a potential asbestos problem.