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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Ontario Supports Employers and Employees Impacted by COVID-19

Proactive measures to protect jobs by helping businesses avoid costly payouts and potential closures Labour, Training and Skills Development TORONTO – The Ontario government is taking action to protect jobs by helping businesses avoid costly payouts and potential closures and continues offering protection to workers that are laid off due to COVID-19. These measures are being adopted through the extension of regulatory amendments that were put in place at the outset of the pandemic...

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Teacher at Toronto school fined for allegedly not wearing a mask

Codi Wilson Web Content Writer, CP24 @CodiWilson TORONTO — A teacher at a Toronto Catholic school that was shut down earlier this month following an outbreak of COVID-19 has been fined after the Ministry of Labour says the employee allegedly failed to wear protective equipment required by their employer. In a statement sent to CP24, a spokesperson for the ministry confirmed that health and safety inspectors were called to St. Charles Catholic School, located near Dufferin Street...

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Ontario Updates COVID-19 Testing Guidelines

TORONTO — Today, Dr. Barbara Yaffe, Associate Chief Medical Officer of Health issued the following statement outlining updated COVID-19 testing guidelines for Ontario:  “Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Ontario has adhered to public health measures and established a strong foundation for testing and case and contact management that allowed us to rapidly identify and contain any COVID-19 outbreaks. To support this, Ontario established a provincial COVID-19 lab network with...

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Ontario Set to Employ the Largest Number of Labour Inspectors in Provincial History

New Inspectors will help Keep Workers Safe on the Job during COVID-19 September 23, 2020 Labour, Training and Skills DevelopmentTable of Contents TORONTO – The Ontario government is launching a recruitment campaign to increase its team of frontline health and safety inspectors by 98 and help ensure workplaces across the province are doing their part to prevent the spread of COVID-19. With these new hires, there will be more labour inspectors on the ground than ever...

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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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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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