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Small Business

  • Content last reviewed: May 2018

Small businesses represent 95% of all employers in Ontario, and they employ 28% of Ontario’s workers. Business owners know that running a business involves risks and costs; we know that a commitment to health, safety and fairness makes good business sense.

Use these links to learn about workplace responsibilities and our free resources and tools.

Health and Safety Awareness Training

The law requires mandatory health and safety awareness training.

Free resources are available to help you comply.

Posting Requirements

Employers are required, by law, to post the Ministry of Labour’s Employment Standards poster and Health and Safety poster in the workplace.

There are other posting requirements.

Health and Safety Checklist


Employers: How well you are complying with your duties under the Occupational Health and Safety Act?

This checklist is for small business owners with 1-5, 6-19 or 20+ workers.

Download the checklist from ServiceOntario.

Tools and Calculators

Tools: Employment Standards

Be sure
you understand
all your workplace responsibilities.

See our online tools

Health and Safety Partners


The ministry works closely with its partners to protect worker's health and safety on the job.

Learn more about our partners.

Contact us

Health and Safety Contact Centre

Toll-free: 1-877-202-0008
TTY: 1-855-653-9260

Call any time to report critical injuries, fatalities or work refusals.

  • Call 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday, for general inquiries about workplace health and safety.
  • In an emergency, always call 911 immediately.

Need other languages?

The Health & Safety Contact Centre provides services in many languages.

Employment Standards Information Centre

GTA: 416-326-7160
Canada-wide: 1-800-531-5551
TTY: 1-866-567-8893

Need other languages?

The Employment Standards Information Centre provides telephone services in many languages.