A national day of observance will be held on March 11 to commemorate the lives lost due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Thursday also marks the one-year anniversary of the World Health Organization declaring COVID-19 a global pandemic.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made the announcement Monday.
“Early last year, our lives, and the lives of everyone around the world, were forever changed by the emergence of COVID-19,” Trudeau said. “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.”
“During this crisis, Canadians have remained resilient. They have helped neighbours, given to organizations, put signs in their windows to support our health care workers, and lent a hand wherever possible,” read the statement.