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WORKERS MEMORIAL

On Wednesday, April 28, 2021, we honoured the more than 1,600 Italian fallen workers who lost their lives to workplace tragedies in Canada. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 public health crisis, we were unable to host our annual ceremony on the Villa Charities grounds this year. 

We hope that you stand with us to commemorate these fallen workers and honour their extraordinary efforts and vast contributions to the social and economic progress of Canada from the safety of your homes.

On April 28, 2016, the Committee for the Italian Fallen Workers Memorial Project, along with Villa Charities, with the support of the Consul General of Italy, and an incredible family of donors, was proud to Formally Unveil the Italian Fallen Workers Memorial Wall, honouring almost 1000 workers of Italian origin killed in workplace tragedies across Ontario. In 2017, hundreds of names were added, broadening the project to include workers of Italian origin who were killed in these terrible tragedies across all of our great nation, from 1900 to today.

In 2018, We were truly humbled and honoured that Villa Charities, along with the Committee for the Italian Fallen Workers Memorial Project and the fallen workers and their families, was presented with The Medaglia d’Oro al Merito Civile, one of the highest honours given by Italy. We have been asked to hold it in trust on behalf of the fallen workers, their families and our entire Italian-Canadian community. This is the first time ever that the honour was awarded in Canada.