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 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 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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Ontario Stepping Up Measures to Limit the Spread of COVID-19 on Construction Sites

March 29, 2020 1:00 P.M. Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development TORONTO — Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development, issued the following statement today regarding health and safety on construction sites: “The health and safety of construction workers is a top priority for our government. With the COVID-19 situation changing day by day, we are working to ensure that workers have the tools they need to help keep job sites safe. We...

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Exposure at work – COVID-19

“Under existing OHSA regulation, if a worker gets COVID-19 from an exposure at work, the employer has to report this as an occupational illness to the Ministry. Under OHSA if an employer is advised by the worker or on behalf of the worker that a worker has an occupational illness or that a claim has been filed with the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB), the employer is required to notify the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development in writing within four...

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COVID-19 PRESENTS MAJOR CHALLENGES AS HEALTH EXPERTS ATTEMPT TO SLOW ITS SPREAD

Everyone is closely watching and monitoring the novel COVID-19 outbreak. However, keeping tabs on the latest developments in the ever-evolving battle to contain it can be quite unnerving. Every hour on the hour there’s an endless stream of breaking news about the virus’ impact in Canada , and across the globe. Health officials are routinely updating the public on new presumptive and confirmed cases; to date, the virus has infected more than 145,000 people worldwide and more than 5,400...

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Glencore Canada Corporation fined $110,000 After Workers Injured

Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development Convicted: Glencore Canada Corporation, Toronto ON. Location of Workplace: Falconbridge, ON. Description of Offence: failure to ensure that a rail car had been depressurized before the transfer line was disconnected, resulting in an uncontrolled spray of 98 percent sulphuric acid, contrary to s. 56(b) of Ontario Regulation 854/90, Mines and Mining Plants, thereby contravening s. 25(1)(c) of the Occupational Health...

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Coronavirus FAQ: what it is, how it spreads and who to call

BY DILSHAD BURMAN, CityNews The novel coronavirus strain we have come to know as COVID-19 is rapidly spreading across the globe. While top experts say the risk to Canadians remains low, residents are on edge as new cases are diagnosed every day, including those contracted via human-to-human transmission. The government is providing daily updates on cases and how Canada is responding, but questions still abound about how the virus is transmitted, what the symptoms are and who to call...

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