The National Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims in Canada is a day set aside to remember those killed or seriously injured on Canadian roads, often in avoidable collisions, and those left to deal with the sudden and unexpected loss of people they love.

The good news is that we can save lives. Last year, one life was saved every day because Canada is:

  • Increasing enforcement
  • Introducing new policies
  • Building safer vehicles
  • Changing road user behaviours
  • Improving our roads

But, even though the number of deaths on our roads is going down, there is still a great deal of work to do.

November 21 is your opportunity to remember the victims, and to express your support.


This year Canada will hold its fourth annual “National Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims”, on November 21. This date is chosen based on the Wednesday following the third Sunday in November. The idea was started in 1993 by a British charity called RoadPeace, and in 2005, the United Nation (U.N.) decided to make "World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims” the third Sunday of November.

Today, the World Health Organization (WHO), which is part of the U.N., oversees this important day of remembrance because road safety is a significant health issue. An estimated 1,200,000 people are killed around the world every year in road traffic crashes. This is why so many countries now participate in this special day of remembrance.

In Canada, almost 2,200 people die and another 173,000 are injured every year in road crashes. The Canadian Global Road Safety Committee (CGRSC) felt that the tragic loss of life and serious injuries of so many people needed to be marked by a day of its own. This day allows Canadians to honour those who have died or been affected by road crashes, along with their families, friends and colleagues.


Source:  Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators



Last updated on: 2012-10-22 | Link to this post