“April 28 marks the National Day of Mourning. It is a day to honour and remember the 161 workers who were killed on the job in 2022, as well as those who were injured or suffered a work-related illness. My thoughts and prayers are with these workers, their families, friends and co-workers, and I encourage everyone to take some time today to remember the ways they enriched our lives and made our world a better place.

“While nothing can bring back a loved one, Alberta’s government has supports available through the Heroes’ Fund to help families of first responders whose lives were tragically lost on the job, while the Workers’ Memorial Fund is helping to create permanent memorials to honour fallen workers.

“Alberta’s government continues to make the health and safety of our province’s workers a priority. We recently updated the Occupational Health and Safety Code to reflect our modern workplaces and we are increasing access to workplace health and safety training for students.

“The National Day of Mourning is a reminder that all of us – employers, workers and governments – have a responsibility to foster healthy and safe workplaces. Let us take time to remember those workers who have lost their lives or were injured on the job. And let us continue to work together to keep each other safe.”