Here’s what you need to know about the mandatory face mask policy in Toronto

Masks are now mandatory in Toronto as everyone is required to wear face masks in any indoor public space. Recently, Toronto released further details for anyone who has questions about the new bylaw, which has now been enacted as of July 7. Where do you need to wear a mask? The onus of the new guideline will be placed on business owners, who must implement and aptly communicate a policy of “no mask, no entry” if they fall...

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Ontario Introduces Legislation to Protect Public Health as Economy Reopens

Proposed Bill Would Provide Flexibility to Address the Ongoing Threat of COVID-19 July 7, 2020 2:00 P.M. Office of the Premier TORONTO — Today, the Ontario government introduced proposed legislation that, if passed, would give the province the necessary flexibility to address the ongoing risks and effects of the COVID-19 outbreak. The proposed legislation is part of the government’s plan for the continued safe and gradual reopening of the province once the declaration of...

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Ontario Launches Online Training to Promote Safe Workplaces

Real-Time Courses Make It Easier for People to Get Essential Qualifications July 3, 2020 1:00 P.M. Office of the Premier TORONTO ― As the province safely and gradually reopens, the Ontario government is investing $3 million to provide free online health and safety training for the first time. These virtual courses will make it easier for job seekers and workers to get essential qualifications, while practising physical distancing and preventing the spread of COVID-19. The...

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Ontario Supporting Restaurants as Province Safely Reopens

New and Amended Emergency Orders Will Help Establishments Expand Patios Faster July 3, 2020 7:00 A.M. Office of the Premier TORONTO — The Ontario government is helping restaurant and bar owners reopen and safely serve more customers by issuing a new emergency order and amending another under s.7.0.2 (4) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, which willallowmunicipalities to quickly pass temporary bylaws for the creation and extension of patios and allow...

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Ontario Reviews Elevator Laws

Government Seeks Input to Help Improve Elevator Safety and Availability July 2, 2020 10:00 A.M. Ministry of Government and Consumer Services TORONTO – The Ontario government is launching consultations in an effort to improve elevator safety, performance, and availability in multi-storey buildings. The province is seeking input on proposed regulatory changes under the Technical Standards and Safety Act, 2000. These new rules would help to ensure that elevators are well-maintained...

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Premier Ford Praises Ontario Spirit on Canada Day

July 1, 2020 9:00 A.M. Office of the Premier TORONTO — Today, Premier Doug Ford issued the following statement to mark Canada Day: “As we celebrate Canada’s 153rd birthday, I want to reflect on a year that has been unlike any other, one of the darkest periods in Ontario’s history. The COVID-19 pandemic touched everyone in the province, creating personal and financial hardship and resulting in losses far greater than anyone could have imagined. As a country, as a...

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Ontario Encourages Support of Local Small Businesses

Province Promotes Shop Local, Shop Safe and Shop with Confidence Campaign Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade TORONTO — The Ontario Government is celebrating International Small Business Week with the launch of the “Shop Local! Shop Safe! Shop with Confidence!” campaign, encouraging Ontarians to support their local small businesses and to shop safely while doing so. “The countless stories of success from our diverse small business community is...

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Ontario Providing Employers with Workplace Safety Guidelines

Province Takes Critical Steps to Help Businesses Adapt to New Environment April 30, 2020 1:00 P.M. Office of the Premier TORONTO ― The Ontario government is ensuring employers have the safety guidelines they need to protect workers, customers, and the general public from COVID-19 as it prepares for a gradual reopening of the provincial economy. The government safety guidelines released today will provide direction to those working in manufacturing, food manufacturing and...

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Remembering Those Who Lost Their Lives on the Job

April 28, 2020 9:00 A.M. Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development TORONTO — The Honourable Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development, issued the following statement regarding the National Day of Mourning: “Today, we observe the National Day of Mourning to honour those who have died, been injured or become ill in the course of their work. As Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development, I’m asking everyone in Ontario to take a...

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How BC construction sites are keeping their workers safe from the coronavirus

For over a week now, construction work, firms, and trades across British Columbia have been given the all clear from the provincial health officer to remain operational, as they have been classified as an essential service during the COVID-19 pandemic. At this time, this means all types of construction projects in the province can continue. Over the latter half of March, construction contractors have had to quickly adapt to changing mandated health policies for their work sites, but the...

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