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Strengthening Workplace Health & Safety

McGuinty Government Committed To Preventing Workplace Injuries

Ontario is taking action to improve the occupational health and safety system.

Priority recommendations from the Expert Advisory Panel on Occupational Health and Safety include:

  • mandatory workplace health and safety awareness training for workers and supervisors and
  • ensuring the voices of vulnerable workers and small business are heard in the development of effective occupational health and safety policies

In response, the government has established advisory groups that will consult with, and advise on, occupational health and safety matters involving vulnerable workers and small business.

In addition, the government is delivering on other recommendations in the report by:

  • launching a public consultation on proposed new regulations that would require employers to ensure all workers and supervisors complete mandatory basic occupational health and safety awareness training
  • working with the Prevention Council to launch a discussion paper in early 2013 on the development of an occupational health and safety strategy for the province
  • launching new resource materials that will help prevent worker injuries and illness by raising awareness of rights, responsibilities and hazards in the workplace

These are some of the many new prevention and enforcement initiatives being undertaken by the Ministry of Labour to make workplaces safer. The ministry also conducts a number of heightened enforcement activities through its Safe At Work Ontario strategy.

Protecting workers is part of the McGuinty government's continued commitment to preventing workplace injuries while creating jobs.


“The health and safety of workers is a priority for our government. We want to ensure all workers return home safe and sound at the end of each workday. Prevention and enforcement are key elements in fulfilling this commitment.”
— Linda Jeffrey, Minister of Labour

“I look forward to working with the Prevention Council as we embark on a first ever province wide consultation to inform the development of a provincial occupational health and safety strategy.”
— George Gritziotis, Chief Prevention Officer


  • In April 2012, the prevention mandate for occupational health and safety was transferred to the Ontario Ministry of Labour from the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board.
  • In 2011, 55 workers died and 757 workers were seriously injured in workplace incidents in Ontario
  • Since 2008, ministry inspectors have conducted more than 345,000 field visits, 47 inspection blitzes and issued more than 560,000 compliance orders in Ontario workplaces.


Learn more about the Ministry of Labour’s prevention activities.

Find out more about Ontario’s initiatives to make workers safer on the job.

Read more about Ontario’s Safe At Work Ontario strategy to improve workplace health and safety.

Learn about the ministry’s sector plans.

Matt Blajer, Communications Branch, 416-326-7405
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