Prime Minister announces National Day Against Gun Violence

2023 June 1

Gun violence is a real and serious threat. The annual National Day Against Gun Violence will serve as a solemn reminder of the lives lost, of the families who live with the ongoing pain, and of our collective responsibility to do everything we can to prevent these senseless tragedies by putting an end to gun violence.

The Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

As a country, we know that one life taken by gun violence is one too many. Everyone in Canada deserves to feel safe in their community.

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced that the first Friday of June each year will be proclaimed the National Day Against Gun Violence. Beginning this June 2, this day will honour the victims of gun violence, bring awareness to the crisis in our country, and encourage Canadians to come together to find solutions.

The announcement was made at the Toronto Raptors’ practice facility, where the Prime Minister was joined by Raptors Vice-Chairman and Team President Masai Ujiri, anti-gun violence community groups, and civic leaders. The Raptors played a critical role in rallying nearly 30,000 Canadians to sign a petition to observe this day.

The National Day Against Gun Violence will be a day of solemn remembrance for the victims of this senseless violence in Canada, and a time to pay tribute to their families and loved ones who live with pain that will never truly go away. It will be a day to recommit to doing better – for those families, and for every Canadian. And it will be a time to envision a better future, where everyone can feel safe in their community.

The Government of Canada has already taken significant action to help keep Canadians safe from gun violence. We banned 1,500 models of assault-style firearms and their variants. We introduced Bill C-21, Canada’s toughest gun control laws in a generation, to combat organized crime, address the alarming role of guns in gender-based violence, and prohibit the sale, purchase, and transfer of handguns. We are also taking preventative action, through the Building Safer Communities Fund, to stop gun violence before it starts by investing in community-led projects to empower young people to make good decisions. And we are securing our borders through investments of nearly half a billion dollars over the past two years and increased cooperation with the United States to stop gun smuggling.

Across the country, gun violence has tragically scarred our communities. Now, every year on the National Day Against Gun Violence, we will recommit to a better future free from gun violence.