Ontario launches workplace education and enforcement campaigns

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Inspection blitzes to stop the spread of COVID-19 and keep workers safe

The Ontario government is launching a series of education and enforcement campaigns to ensure businesses across the province are taking the necessary steps to keep employees, consumers and the public safe. These campaigns will support the current efforts of police, municipal by-law officers, and public health inspectors to educate businesses and enforce COVID-19 health and safety requirements. Officers will be asking employers to produce their workplace safety plans.

Certain businesses and establishments in the Yellow-Protect, Orange-Restrict, Red-Control, and Lockdown levels are required to develop a COVID-19 safety plan and make it available in writing for review. Whether workplaces are currently operating or planning to start up, employers need a plan to put controls in place to make the workplace safer for everyone.

The campaigns are being carried out in strategic locations, drawing on a team of more than 200 provincial offences officers from across ministries. To date, three education and enforcement campaigns have taken place, and almost 1,000 workplaces have been visited. No tickets have been issued and all contraventions were resolved with compliance assistance.

During each visit, officers provide business owners with guidance on how to operate safely during the pandemic and comply with public health requirements under the Reopening Ontario Act. These campaigns were developed in consultation with local health units and support Ontario's COVID-19 Response Framework.

"We know that most businesses are doing all they can to operate safely and protect their workers and customers, but some still need support," said Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development. "I am confident in saying our government is there to help. These community safety campaigns will ensure all workplaces in Ontario have the resources and information they need to help stop the spread of COVID-19."

Related

COVID-19 Resources for Businesses – Workplace Safety North

COVID-19 response framework - Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development 

Workplace safety plan - Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development 

Using masks in the workplace - Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development 

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