Ontario Increasing Workplace Inspections during COVID-19

Published on January 14, 2021

The health and safety of every worker in Ontario is the government’s top priority.

That is why we are boosting workplace inspections to stop the spread of COVID-19 through a big-box blitz.

Beginning Saturday and Sunday, inspectors will be visiting big-box stores in Toronto, Hamilton, Peel, York and Durham over the weekend. This blitz will also be expanded province-wide.

50 inspectors, joined by local by-law and police officers, will undertake a weekend blitz of big-box stores in the GTA and will not hesitate to ticket businesses, employees and patrons who do not comply with COVID-19 safety requirements.

Inspectors can issue tickets up to $750 to individuals who do not follow COVID-19 rules.

The blitz will focus on ensuring stores are operating at 25 per cent capacity, and workers and patrons are wearing masks, maintaining physical distance and following every health and safety measure. Directors and officers of a corporation can be fined up to $500,000. The maximum fine for a corporation is up to $10,000,000.

These efforts build on the “Stay Safe All Day” campaign the Premier announced earlier this week.

The new campaign focuses inspections in areas of essential workplaces where there is a greater risk of spreading COVID-19 and provided them with the resource materials to promote safe behaviour before, during and after work.

It emphasizes the importance of wearing masks, maintaining physical distance and hand hygiene throughout the entire workday.

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