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Summer Inspection Blitz Targets New and Young Worker Safety

Ontario Committed To Protecting Vulnerable Workers

  • Issued: May 13, 2015
  • Content last reviewed: May 2015
  • See also: Backgrounder


For the eighth year in a row, Ontario will focus on the safety of new and young workers this summer during a four-month enforcement blitz across Ontario.

Beginning May 1, Ministry of Labour inspectors will check that employers are complying with Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act. This will include checking that new and young workers:

  • Are properly informed, instructed and supervised on the job
  • Meet minimum age requirements
  • Follow required safety measures and procedures to prevent injuries

Inspectors will focus on industrial sector workplaces like tourism, hospitality and recreation where many new and young workers are employed.

Protecting young people on the job is part of the Ontario government’s continued commitment to preventing workplace injuries through its Safe At Work Ontario enforcement initiative.


"Workplace incidents continue to kill and critically injure new and young workers, and that is simply unacceptable. Our sons and daughters deserve to come home safe after a hard day’s work. That’s why we’re committed to eliminating workplace tragedies by ensuring all workers know their rights and responsibilities and employers across the province are following the rules."
– Kevin Flynn, Minister of Labour

"New and young workers are three times more likely to be injured during their first month of work than at any other time. We must all work together to improve health and safety and prevent injuries and deaths of these workers at Ontario workplaces. This includes government, employers, supervisors, workers and our health and safety partners."
– George Gritziotis, Chief Prevention Officer


  • Between 2009 and 2013, 30 young workers aged 15 to 24 died in work-related incidents and more than 30,000 received injuries resulting in lost time at work.
  • Many young workers who received lost-time injuries were employed as labourers in processing, manufacturing and utilities as well as food counter attendants and kitchen helpers.


The Guide to the Occupational Health and Safety Act explains what every worker, supervisor, and employer needs to know about the act.

Learn about last year’s inspection blitz involving the safety of young and new workers in the industrial and health care sectors and the results of that blitz.

Craig MacBride, Minister’s Office, 416-326-7709
William Lin, Communications Branch, 416-326-7405
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