City of Winnipeg employees joined thousands of other Canadians in observing Canada's National Day of Mourning on Monday.

The event is held annually on April 28 to commemorate workers who have been injured or killed in the workplace, as well as workers who have become ill as a result of their work.

"The National Day of Mourning is a day in which we should take a moment to remember workers who have suffered as a result of their occupation," said Mayor Sam Katz.

"The City of Winnipeg employs thousands of people whose chosen career path requires a high level of vigilance in order to reduce risk. The city is committed to providing a safe work environment." 

Members of the public were also welcome to attend the Winnipeg event, held inside city hall's Council Building.

In addition to that ceremony, three other National Day of Mourning ceremonies will take place Monday at various civic worksites.

Where possible, flags will be lowered until sunset at all civic buildings and facilities.

National Day of Mourning was proclaimed by Canada's Parliament in 1991 and is recognized in more than 80 countries across the globe.