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

But even though the number of road deaths is decreasing, there is still a great deal of work to do.

November 20 is your opportunity to remember the victims and express your support.


Canada will hold its fifth annual "National Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims" this year on November 20. This commemoration generally occurs the Wednesday following the third Sunday of November. The idea was started in 1993 by a British charity called RoadPeace, and in 2005 the United Nations (UN) decided to make the "World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims" the third Sunday of November.

Because road safety is a significant global health issue, the World Health Organization (WHO), which is part of the U.N., now oversees this important day. An estimated 1,200,000 people are killed around the world every year in road accidents, which is why so many countries have now joined in observing this special commemoration.

Almost 2,800 people die every year on Canadian roads, and another 195,000 are injured. The Canadian Global Road Safety Committee (CGRSC) felt the need to set aside a special day to acknowledge this tragic loss of life and the related injuries that seriously affect so many. This commemoration allows Canadians to honour the memory of those who have died or been injured in road accidents, as well as their families, friends and colleagues.

Source: Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators


Last updated on: 2013-09-24 | Link to this post