Workplace Inspectors to Visit 1,300 Construction Sites Beginning This Week

Targeted Health and Safety Blitz Focuses on Keeping Workers Safe in Hot-Spot Regions April 15, 2021 Labour, Training and Skills Development TORONTO – The Ontario government will begin targeted provincewide inspections of construction sites this Friday, dispatching 200 workplace inspectors, supported by provincial offenses officers, to visit 1,300 constructions sites to enforce safety requirements. Officers will also be visiting over 500 workplaces, including big box stores, food...

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Workplace Inspection Campaign Launching In COVID-19 Hotspots

Inspections begin this Friday in Peel and Halton warehouses, manufacturers, and retail businesses Labour, Training and Skills Development TORONTO – The Ontario government is launching a series of zero-tolerance workplace safety inspections in sectors and regions hardest hit by COVID-19, beginning tomorrow with warehouses, food processors and manufacturers in Peel and Halton Regions. “With more contagious variants identified in many parts of the province, it has never been...

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Ontario Businesses Making Workplaces Safer

Inspectors See Increase in Compliance with COVID-19 Safety Requirements March 17, 2021 Labour, Training and Skills Development TORONTO – The Ontario government is seeing a greater number of small businesses complying with COVID-19 safety requirements. During follow-up visits for educational workplace safety campaigns, provincial offences officers found that approximately 73 per cent of businesses were in compliance with public health measures and compliance increased by 20 per...

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Ontario Hires 100 Additional Health and Safety Inspectors

New employees will support business inspection blitz during COVID-19 March 3, 2021 Labour, Training and Skills Development TORONTO — The Ontario government has hired over 100 new occupational health and safety inspectors to support business inspection campaigns, and help ensure employees, businesses and the public are protected. The new inspectors have begun a condensed training program, and will begin making field visits, with a mentor, within five weeks of their start date...

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‘It’s just a flu’: COVID prevention rules are often ignored on Toronto construction sites, workers tell the Star

By Rosa Saba, Toronto Star Business ReporterTue., Feb. 16, 2021 Construction workers say that many work sites in Toronto deemed essential during the stay-at-home order are rife with COVID-19 rule violations, including people working in confined spaces while not wearing face masks. However, Ontario’s Ministry of Labour and other industry groups see things differently, saying they have been impressed with most employers’ oversight during the pandemic and that the government...

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Retailers Show Improvement in Complying with Public Health Guidelines

Workplace inspections are helping create safer workplaces in Ontario February 10, 2021 Labour, Training and Skills Development TORONTO — Ontario’s provincial offences officers have visited more than 2,308 big-box stores and other essential retail businesses across the province in 2021, and those complying with public health guidelines have increased by almost 19 per cent over three consecutive weeks. To date, 218 tickets have been issued to businesses and individuals...

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Ontario Expands COVID-19 Inspections to Farming Operations

Inspections will help protect temporary foreign workers ahead of the growing and harvesting season January 27, 2021 Labour, Training and Skills Development TORONTO – The Ontario government is taking additional measures to protect farmworkers during the pandemic by expanding provincewide inspections to farms, greenhouses and other agricultural operations to ensure health and safety measures are being followed. “Our government is taking action to protect essential...

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Ontario Expands Big-Box Blitz to Ottawa, Windsor, Niagara and Durham Regions

Government stepping up inspections to protect staff and consumers January 23, 2021 Labour, Training and Skills Development OTTAWA — The Ontario government is carrying out workplace inspections in Ottawa, Windsor, Niagara and Durham this weekend to ensure essential businesses that can continue to operate during the provincewide shutdown are following the public health guidelines. The province wants to ensure workers and customers are properly protected from COVID-19. The...

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Ontario Expands Workplace Enforcement Campaigns

Provincewide inspection blitzes will ensure essential businesses are operating safely January 20, 2021 Labour, Training and Skills Development TORONTO — The Ontario government is expanding the current workplace inspection campaign to further protect workers and customers at essential businesses. Following last week’s big-box store blitz, provincial offences officers will be now be visiting an expanded range of workplaces across Ontario to educate and ticket businesses...

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Ontario Increasing Workplace Inspections during COVID-19

Big-box store blitz will ensure retailers are operating safely, and protecting workers and patrons January 14, 2021 Labour, Training and Skills Development TORONTO — The Ontario government is taking additional measures to protect workers in response to rising COVID-19 cases. Beginning this Saturday and Sunday, approximately 50 ministry inspectors, as well as local bylaw and police officers, will be visiting big-box stores in Toronto, Hamilton, Peel, York and Durham...

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