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Ontario’s First Integrated Health and Safety Strategy Released

Province Launches New Strategy to Improve Health and Safety

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

NEWS

Ontario’s Ministry of Labour has developed the province’s first integrated strategy to prevent injuries and improve the delivery of workplace health and safety.

Developed in consultation with business, labour groups, health and safety associations and everyday Ontarians, the strategy will help guide the Ministry of Labour in setting priorities to prevent injuries and create a culture where health and safety is at the centre of every workplace.

The Ontario government heard from more than 1,150 consultation participants and received 217 responses to the consultation paper released on March 18, 2013.

The strategy includes actions to:

  • support small businesses with new resources to keep workers safe
  • ensure that all workers, especially those most at risk, receive the help they need
  • make the delivery of health and safety services more effective and efficient
  • raise awareness among Ontarians about ways to stay safe and healthy at work
  • foster compliance with workplace health and safety regulations

The province’s first integrated health and safety strategy builds on recent Ministry of Labour initiatives to protect workers and keep them safe at work including:

Preventing injuries and keeping workers’ safe is part of the government’s plan to invest in our people, and in safer workplaces as the building blocks of a strong economy, strong communities and a stronger Ontario.

QUOTE

“Preventing occupational illnesses, injuries and fatalities requires immediate action. This strategy calls on the health and safety leadership to move forward with exceptional resolve. It sets out a cohesive vision, goals and priorities for the next five years that will help us collectively maximize the resources available to prevent tragedies by addressing areas of greatest need The Ministry of Labour is working closely with health and safety associations to ensure consistent, clear, and integrated delivery service delivery.”
— George Gritziotis, Chief Prevention Officer

QUICK FACTS

  • The Ontario government heard from more than 1,150 consultation participants and received 217 responses to the consultation paper released on March 18, 2013.
  • Ontario’s injury rate has decreased thirty percent since 2003.
  • On June 1, 2011, Bill 160 received Royal Assent, enabling the Ministry of Labour to implement many of the key recommendations of the Expert Advisory Panel.

LEARN MORE

Jonathan Rose, Minister’s Office, 416-326-7709

Matt Blajer, Communications Branch, 416-326-7405

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