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Day of Mourning Workplace accidents, diseases, and injuries impact young workers, new workers, experienced workers, and the families of those injured. It affects us all.  

April 28 is the National Day of Mourning. This day is observed to remember those that were taken too early due to work-related injury or disease. It is also a day to renew our commitment to protecting workers and preventing further workplace tragedies. Even one injury is too many. 

The Northern Territories Federation of Labour (NTFL) is hosting public ceremonies to remember workers who have lost their lives. Ceremonies will take place at the Legislative Assemblies in Yellowknife and Iqaluit on Sunday, April 28, at noon. All are welcome to attend.

As Day of Mourning falls on a Sunday this year, we invite you to recognize Day of Mourning in your workplace on Friday, April 26, before the public ceremony on Sunday, April 28. Display a Day of Mourning poster, wear black to show your support, request Day of Mourning pins from the WSCC, and remember: awareness of workplace safety can save lives.

New Operations and High Hazard Work

The change in weather means that the NT and NU construction seasons will be starting soon. There will be an increase in new projects and part of the planning process for new operations and high hazard work includes giving notice to the Chief Safety Officer .

All employers are required under the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations to provide notification for new operations and high hazard work. This includes the following activities:
  • Building construction
  • Power line construction and maintenance
  • Quarrying and crushing of rocks
  • Local and territorial hauling and trucking
  • Road construction, earth working, tunneling, trenching and excavating
  • Iron and steel processing and fabrication
  • Logging
  • Manufacturing of concrete block, brick, artificial stone and other clay and cement products; and
  • Sawmilling
Notification should be provided to the Chief Safety Officer, as soon as reasonably possible, but not less than 30 days before the work begins. Guidelines for notification can be found in the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 7(1) and 7(2) for the  Northwest Territories and Nunavut.

Submit your notification today!

To comply, complete and submit a New Operations and High Hazard Work form for your upcoming operations and hazardous work. For questions please contact a Safety Officer today, or check out our website's reporting page.

You're invited to a Construction Season Kick-Off  Meet and Greet  with representatives from WSCC at the Chateau Nova Hotel, Yellowknife on 1 6 April 2019 at 2:30 p.m. through 5:30 p.m.

Introducing Safety and Health Week!

Remember NAOSH Week? North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week has now rebranded as Safety and Health Week!

What is Safety and Health Week? It's an entire week dedicated to employers, employees, partners, and the general public, and focuses on the importance of preventing injury and illness at work, at home, and in the community. It happens the first full week in May every year. This year, the theme is People, Passion, and Prevention.

We are passionate about safety at the WSCC, and we want to work with you to make safety and prevention a priority in your workplace. We want to empower and support small and medium sized businesses to integrate safety into their daily work through Toolbox Talks! These quick group discussions place safety as the topic of discussion, and are a perfect way to promote a safety culture in your workplace.

We have some great activities planned for the Yellowknife, Iqaluit, and Inuvik communities that we will be announcing soon, but we also want to visit the rest of the Territories! If you would like WSCC to visit your business or community, let us know by April 1 at; we would love to come see you and talk about safety!


The Governance Council reviewed and approved the following policies and GC directives at its March 2019 meeting:
  • Policy 02.05, Reporting Payroll
  • Policy 02.06, Account Registration
  • GC Directive, B-012, Governance Council Directors' Training
Please refer to the WSCC Policy Manual
to view all WSCC policies or the Governance Council Directives to view all governance directives.

WSCC's offices are closed for Easter Weekend on Friday April 19th and Monday April 22nd. The office will reopen on Tuesday, April 23rd at 8:30 AM.

To report a serious workplace injury or incident, call 1-800-661-0792.

To report unsafe work, use our Report Unsafe Work service on WSCC Connect.   /  1.800.661.0792   *  /  1.877.404.4407