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Message from the Minister of Labour

  • Issued: December 16, 2013
  • Content last reviewed: December 2013

I am pleased to present Healthy and Safe Ontario Workplaces – A Strategy for Transforming Occupational Health and Safety. The first of its kind in our province!

Through the release of this strategy, we are taking action to transform Ontario’s occupational health and safety system and eliminate preventable workplace injuries, illnesses and fatalities.

The development of this strategy was a key recommendation of the Expert Advisory Panel on Occupational Health and Safety. It provides a framework through which the remaining panel recommendations can be achieved and will guide and align our future efforts to make sure Ontario continues to be one of the safest jurisdictions.

We all must work together to create the lasting change it envisions. The Ministry will use this framework to guide its efforts going forward, and will work with business, employee groups, and our health and safety partners to create a culture where health and safety is at the centre of the workplace.

I want to thank the Chief Prevention Officer, the business groups, labour, community and the countless voices from across Ontario who participated in the development of this plan, and who shared their knowledge and expertise in this collaborative and meaningful effort. Through the development and implementation of this strategy, we are investing in our workforce and our businesses to ensure we live and work in a safer and more productive Ontario.

This is a prevention framework for everyone to embrace, and I look forward to moving ahead, together, to ensure we continue to transform Ontario’s health and safety system.

Yasir Naqvi
Minister of Labour

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