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Winter Blitz Targets Workplace Violence

Ontario Government Committed To Preventing Workplace Injuries


Ontario will focus on enforcing requirements to protect workers from violence during a blitz of health care workplaces across the province this winter.

In February and March, inspectors will check that workplaces are complying with requirements for violence and harassment policies and programs under the Occupational Health and Safety Act and its regulations.

They will blitz hospitals, long-term care homes and residential group homes. They will check that employers are:

  • preparing policies and programs to protect workers from workplace violence and harassment
  • providing information to workers on the policies and programs
  • assessing violence risks in the workplace
  • establishing measures and procedures to control violence
  • taking reasonable precautions to protect workers from domestic violence in the workplace

Protecting health care workers is part of the government's continued commitment to prevent workplace injuries and illness through its Safe at Work Ontario enforcement initiative.


“Our government is committed to preventing injuries and deaths of workers in health care workplaces, and ensuring every Ontarian feels safe at work. This Winter blitz is about creating awareness, so at the end of the day workers in the healthcare sector can recognize situations where themselves or their co-workers may be at risk.”
– Yasir Naqvi, Minister of Labour

“Violence is a significant hazard for workers in the health care sector. We’re working to improve health and safety and prevent injuries and deaths of workers exposed to violence at Ontario’s health care workplaces.”
– George Gritziotis, Chief Prevention Officer


  • In Canada, one-third of all workplace violence incidents occur in health care and social service settings, according to a 2004 Statistics Canada report.
  • Since 2008, ministry inspectors have conducted more than 345,000 field visits, and 48 inspection blitzes.
  • Inspectors have issued more than 560,000 compliance orders in Ontario workplaces.


Read more about Ontario’s Safe at Work Ontario strategy to improve workplace safety.

Learn about the ministry’s Health Care Sector Plan 2012-2013.

Matt Blajer, Communications Branch, 416-326-7405
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