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Inspection Blitzes and Initiatives

  • Issued: April 1, 2013
  • Content last reviewed: April 2016

This year, the ministry is coordinating the proactive enforcement blitz and initiative schedules for the Occupational Health and Safety Program and the Employment Standards Program. Coordinating the schedules highlights the importance the ministry places on protecting workers' rights under both the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and the Employment Standards Act (ESA), and enhancing employers' awareness of their responsibilities.

Findings are generally reported soon after completion. The ministry tracks each sector to determine if there are long-lasting improvements in compliance and fewer injuries and fewer contraventions of employment standards.

Workplace injuries and fatalities can usually be traced to a few root causes that may vary by sector. Occupational health and safety inspectors conduct proactive blitzes and initiatives on sector-specific hazards; these are also designed to raise awareness and increase compliance with the OHSA.

Similarly, employment standards officers visit employers to verify compliance with core ESA standards, such as the Employment Standards Poster requirements, wage statements, unauthorized deductions, record keeping, hours of work, eating periods, overtime pay, minimum wage, public holidays and vacation with pay. They focus particularly on sectors where there is a history of employment standards violations, where vulnerable workers are employed and where an increasing number of Ontarians are working.


Provincial Blitzes

Province-wide workplace inspection blitzes: 2016-2017
Focus Program Sector/Business Type Date
Temporary Foreign Workers Employment Standards Food Services, Retail Trade, Construction and other sectors known to employ temporary foreign workers May 2, 2016 – June 30, 2016
Young Workers Employment Standards Food Services, Retail Trade, Construction and other sectors known to employ young workers May 2, 2016 – June 30, 2016
Falls Health and Safety Construction May 16, 2016 – July 15, 2016
Falls Health and Safety Industrial May 16, 2016 – July 15, 2016
Falls Health and Safety Mining May 16, 2016 – July 15, 2016
New and Young Workers Health and Safety Industrial July 18, 2016 – September 2, 2016
Mobile Cranes and Material Hoisting Health and Safety Construction August 1, 2016 - September 30, 2016
Repeat Violators / Zero Tolerance Employment Standards Professional Services, Services to Buildings and Dwellings, Other Amusement and Recreation Industries, Personal Care Services and other sectors with repeat violators September 1, 2016 – October 31, 2016
Safe Material Tramming Underground and Surface Health and Safety Mining September 1, 2016 – October 31, 2016
Chemical Handling Health and Safety Industrial September 19, 2016 – October 31, 2016
Electrical Hazards Health and Safety Construction November 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016
Processing – Safe Work Practices – Mine Plants Health and Safety Mining February 1, 2017 – March 31, 2017

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Regional Blitzes

Regional workplace inspection blitzes: 2016-2017
Focus Program Sector/Business Type Date
Central East Employment Standards Child Day-Care Services October 1, 2016 – November 30, 2016
Central East Health and Safety Industrial:
  • Heavy Raw Material Handling
December 1, 2016 – February 17, 2017
Central East Health and Safety Construction:
  • Toilets / Wash up Facilities
January 1, 2017 – February 28, 2017
Central West Health and Safety Construction:
  • Finishing Trades
July 1, 2016 – July 31, 2016
Central West Employment Standards Manufacturing September 1, 2016 – October 31, 2016
Central West Health and Safety Industrial:
  • Landscapers / Snow Removal
November 1, 2016 – March 31, 2017
Eastern Health and Safety Construction:
  • Inspections of wood frame structures
April 1, 2016 – September 30, 2016
Eastern Employment Standards Fitness Centres October 1, 2016 – November 30, 2016
Northern Health and Safety Construction:
  • Vehicles, machines, tools and equipment
June 1, 2016 – July 31, 2016
Northern Employment Standards Tow Truck Companies September 1, 2016 – October 31, 2016
Western Health and Safety Industrial:
  • Industrial Malls / Repurposed Factories
July 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016
Western Employment Standards Small Manufacturing September 1, 2016 – October 31, 2016
Western Health and Safety Industrial:
  • Elevating Work Platforms in the Farming Sector
October 1, 2016 – March 31, 2017

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Provincial and Regional Initiatives


Three-Year Health Care Sector Initiative

Health Care Initiative: 2014-2017
Location Program Sector/Business Type Date
Three Year Initiative for Health Care Sector Health and Safety Health Care July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2017

Health and Safety Initiatives

Information about year-long province-wide and regional initiatives will be available in the Sector Plans. The Sector Plans will be posted on July 1, 2016.

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