Province Recognizes the Dedication, Commitment and Courage of Ontario Workers on Labour Day

Statement September 7, 2020 TORONTO — Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development, issued the following statement to mark Labour Day: “Every year, on Labour Day, we celebrate the achievements and sacrifice of workers from every sector of our economy. This year is like no other as workers face the many challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic. From the doctors, nurses, paramedics, personal support workers and pharmacists who are caring and...

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Keeping Students and Staff Safe as They Return to School

STATEMENT Toronto — Today, the Honourable Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education issued the following statement on students returning to school over the coming days.  “While COVID-19 has forced upon us many changes to our schools and our lives, some things remain constant. The importance of quality education, our collective mental health, and the safety of our students and staff.  This year is like no other in our past.  I am fiercely proud of our province, and our...

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Tower-crane safety focus of inspection blitz

In the wake of two recent tower crane incidents in Toronto, the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (MLTSD) has announced a compliance blitz targeting every tower crane across the province. Beginning August 31, 2020 through December 13, 2020, inspectors will be checking for records on the condition of the tower crane, before and after erection, and ensure that design drawings for the installation of a tower crane were done by a professional engineer. Inspectors will also...

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UPDATE: Man, 51, killed in accident at Hamilton’s National Steel Car

A man is dead after a workplace accident in Hamilton’s industrial east end. Hamilton police were called to National Steel Car, located at Kenilworth Avenue North and Nikola Tesla Boulevard, shortly after 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Police say a 51-year-old employee “was struck by a large metal item that he was working on.” When paramedics arrived on scene they found a man with “traumatic injuries” and without vital signs, Supt. Dave Thompson said. The man was pronounced dead...

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Ontario Releases COVID-19 Management Plan for Schools

Plan Prevents and Minimizes Outbreaks to Keep Students and Staff Safe August 26, 2020 1:45 P.M. Office of the Premier TORONTO — As part of Ontario’s plan for students to safely return to the classroom in September, the government has released the Operational Guidance: COVID-19 Management in Schools document. This guide was developed in consultation with public health experts, including Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, and aims to help schools...

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Ontario Supporting the Safe Reopening of More Spaces at Gyms and Recreation Centres

Province Also Investing $8 Million to Ensure the Safe Return of Amateur Sports August 14, 2020 1:00 P.M. Office of the Premier TORONTO ― The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, is supporting the safe reopening of many sport, fitness and recreation facilities by applying a capacity limit on a per room basis to help more businesses reopen their doors, get more people back to work and promote the return to a healthy and active lifestyle for all...

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Ontario Moving More Regions into Stage 3

More Businesses and Services Across the Province Can Safely Reopen on Friday July 20, 2020 1:00 P.M. Office of the Premier TORONTO — The Ontario government is allowing seven more regions to enter Stage 3 on Friday, increasing the number of businesses and public spaces that will reopen across the province. This decision was made in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and is based on positive local trends of key public health indicators, including lower or low...

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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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