National Day of Observance for COVID-19

Thursday, March 11, 2021 was National Day of Observance for those who died from COVID-19


On March 8, 2021, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the Government of Canada is designating March 11, 2021, as a National Day of Observance to commemorate the people who lost their lives and the significant impacts we have all felt because of COVID-19.

Trudeau issued the following statement:

“Early last year, our lives, and the lives of everyone around the world, were forever changed by the emergence of COVID-19. Today – one year after the first known death of a Canadian to the disease – we now mourn the tragic loss of more than 22,000 parents, siblings, friends, and loved ones. COVID-19 has infected over 864,000 other Canadians, and has had an immeasurable impact on how we all work and learn, connect with friends and family, and live our daily lives. All Canadians have experienced sacrifice and loss over the past year. Our kids have missed birthday parties, seniors have felt isolated from the ones they love, and for far too many, this virus has meant the loss of their job or the closure of their business.”

C.A.R.P. recognizes the importance of observing the tragedies that Canadians have faces as a result of the pandemic. Chief Policy Officer, Bill VanGorder, says, “During a time when the horrors of COVID have so affected older Canadians, it is imperative that efforts be concentrated on the improvement of Home and Community Care and the remediation of deficiencies in Long-Term Institutional Care so that this never happens again.”


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