Ontario Employers Moving to Excellence 

Over 50 employers received over $1.2 million in rebates, as part of a provincial program that rewards safer employers. Just over a year ago, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) announced it had earmarked an estimated $140 million for its Health and Safety Excellence program, which recognizes employers who successfully implement health and safety programs in their workplaces. The innovative program – the first program of its kind in Canada – connects businesses of all sizes...

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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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Worker’s ‘Struck-by’ Injury Results in $70,000 Fine for Magna Subsidiary in St. Thomas

March 10, 2021 Labour, Training and Skills Development Convicted: Magna International Inc. operating as Formet Industries, 1 Cosma Court, St. Thomas, an industrial establishment that manufactures full chassis frames, front module assemblies, bumpers, side impact beams and rocker panels for the automotive industry. Location of Workplace: The Formet Industries workplace at 1 Cosma Court, St. Thomas. Description of Offence: A worker was injured after being struck by a truck...

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Linen Worker Injured By Vehicle in Parking Lot, Toronto Employer Fined $120,000

March 10, 2021 Labour, Training and Skills Development Convicted: Canadian Linen and Uniform Service Co., 20 Atomic Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, a uniform rental and linen supply service. Location of Workplace: 20 Atomic Avenue, Toronto, Ontario. Description of Offence: A worker on foot outside a building was struck by a company vehicle. The lighting in the area was inadequate and insufficient to ensure the safety of workers in the area. Date of Offence: October 30...

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Ontario Setting Up Apprentices and Employers for Success

Province’s expanded apprenticeship programs will build a robust, skilled workforce March 5, 2021 Labour, Training and Skills Development TORONTO – The Ontario government is investing $47 million in 2021-22 to hire more apprentices, improve the quality of training and help them complete their training and certification through the new Achievement Incentive Program and the expanded Apprenticeship Capital Grant. These programs...

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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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Worker Injury Results in $50,000 Fine for Toronto Food Products Producer

March 1, 2021 Labour, Training and Skills Development Convicted: Select Food Products, Limited, 120 Sunrise Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, an industrial establishment that manufactures, produces and packages food products (sauces and condiments). Location of Workplace: 120 Sunrise Avenue, Toronto. Description of Offence: A worker was injured while trying to remove a stuck label on a labeler machine. The labeler machine was not equipped with a guard that prevented access to the...

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Death of Worker Results In Trial, Fine of $210,000 for Chelmsford Construction Company

February 26, 2021 Labour, Training and Skills Development Convicted: R.M.Bélanger Limited, 100 Radisson Avenue, Chelmsford, Ontario, a company that provides institutional, commercial and industrial construction services. Location of Worksite: The parking lot of a golf course near Sudbury, Ontario. Description of Offence: A worker was killed when a wooden telephone pole rolled while it was being loaded with a forklift onto a trailer. Date of Offence: September...

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Worker’s Fall Results in $60,000 Fine for Thunder Bay Employer

February 19, 2021 Labour, Training and Skills Development Convicted: Robert C. Nearing Holdings Inc., operator of a Canadian Tire outlet at 939 Fort William Road in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Location of Workplace: 939 Fort William Road in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Description of Offence: A worker fell from a second-storey level through an opening that should have had a guardrail to protect workers from injury. Date of Offences: June 11, 2019. Date of...

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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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