March 17th Declared Essential Workers Day in the City of Brantford

BRANTFORD – Brantford City Council has voted unanimously to proclaim March 17th as Essential Workers Day in the City of Brantford, and encouraging the province and nation to follow suit.

City of Brantford Ward 5 Councillor, Joshua Wall brought a resolution forward to the council to acknowledge workers’ efforts each year on that date.

“While many were asked to stay home and practice social distancing, others continued to work and provide essential services to the community. It’s important that we honour and pay tribute to these incredibly brave essential workers for keeping our community functioning during these unprecedented times.”

Joshua Wall, Ward 5 Councillor

In addition to health care, police, fire, paramedics and military personnel, the resolution also includes social services, community services, food distribution, agriculture, postal and delivery services, education, security, transit, financial services, hospitality, commerce, manufacturing, construction, maintenance and repair, waste management, sanitation services, government, and administrative services.

“We owe a profound debt of gratitude to every single essential worker who continues to ensure our community keeps moving and residents have the food and supplies they need every day. We hope that the proclamation will catch fire with other municipalities and become a nationally recognized day.”

Mayor Kevin Davis

The city has sent a copy of the resolution to Brantford-Brant MPP Will Bouma and Brantford-Brant MP Phil McColeman with the suggestion that the provincial and federal governments also consider the same declaration.