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June 2018

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Ministry of Labour releases their 2018-2019 Inspection Blitz Schedule

 

This is the time of year when the Ministry of Labour releases their 2018-2019 inspection blitz schedule. As you may already know Ontario is conducting more than two dozen targeted blitzes and initiatives to raise awareness and check for violations of occupational health and safety and employment standards laws at workplaces across the province in 2018-2019.

Enforcement staff will visit workplaces such as warehouses, "big box" retail, grocery stores, chemical manufacturing plants, pulp and paper mills, hotels, golf courses, health care organizations, mines and construction projects. In particular, sectors with new and young workers, temporary help, vulnerable workers and a history of low compliance will be targeted.

Occupational health and safety inspectors will look for occupational health and safety violations involving issues such as working at heights, hazardous materials, machine guarding, conveyors, mobile equipment, violence, ergonomics and falls. The goals will be to raise awareness that safety is everyone's responsibility, to enhance workplace health and safety and to prevent workplace injuries, illnesses and deaths.  Enforcement action will be taken, as appropriate, if violations are found.  

From May 1 to August 31, 2018, Ministry of Labour inspectors will focus on new and young worker safety during a blitz to check that employers have taken proper steps to protect these vulnerable workers.

 

NEW AND YOUNG WORKERS ARE VULNERABLE TO INJURY. They can be young, they can be new to a particular job or they can be seasonal workers hired during a peak period. New and young workers are three times more likely to be injured during their first month on the job than at any other time.

 

What Do Inspectors Look For?

  • Compliance with mandatory awareness training requirements
  • Joint Health & Safety Committee/Health & Safety Representative
  • Proper orientation and supervision

 

Mandatory Training : Employers must ensure all workers complete a basic occupational health and safety awareness training program. https://www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/hs/training/workers.php

QUOTE from Kevin Flynn, Minister of Labour : "Every worker has the right to return home safe and sound at the end of each work day and to receive their employment standards entitlements. We want to raise awareness of hazards and other violations at workplaces across the province to ensure employers are complying with Ontario laws and that workers are protected."

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Rapid Policy Update: Ontario PC Platform

Ontario PC Platform 2018

 

 

On May 30, 2018, Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario leader Doug Ford announced his party’s 2018 election platform, Plan for the People. Below is a high-level synopsis of the major policy initiatives most relevant to Ontario business.
 

Key Areas at a Glance

  1. Jobs and Economic Growth: Cut regulations and reduce business tax rates.
  2. Energy and Electricity: Lower electricity prices and scrap the Green Energy Act.
  3. Government Accountability: Audit government spending and plan for a balanced budget.
  4. Health Care: Invest in mental health, dental care for seniors, and beds in both hospitals and long-term care facilities.
  5. Transportation and Infrastructure: Implement substantial spending on transportation infrastructure, including subways, GO service, and highways.
  6. Housing: Preserve rent control for existing tenants and increase the supply of affordable housing in the GTA.
  7. Environment: End the cap and trade system and challenge any attempt by the federal government to impose a carbon tax.

Read the OCC's Rapid Policy Update

 

Read the Ontario PC Party's Platform

 
 
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Vote Prosperity

In October, the OCC released Vote Prosperity, a platform for the 2018 provincial election campaign on June 7. The release of our platform nine months prior to the election was intended to ensure all parties have an opportunity to address the most important issues to business within their own platforms.

We have provided analyses of the Liberal, NDP, and Green Party platforms with comparisons to recommendations in Vote Prosperity.

With the election just a week away, we are encouraging Ontarians to send a letter to their local candidates asking them to support the Ontario Chamber Network’s Vote Prosperity platform.

 
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