Ontario Keeping Workers Safe As Province Reopens

Published on July 15, 2021

As Ontario reopens, keeping workers safe will continue to be the government’s top priority. Small businesses have less resources to learn about health and safety than other businesses and we know they are facing a lot of financial pressures as a result of this pandemic.


That’s why the government is investing $10.5 million to provide up to 60,000 small businesses across the province with free health and safety training over the next three years to make sure they have the guidance and support they need.


Our new Small Business Health and Safety Training Program will help create healthier and safer workplaces by training health and safety representatives of small businesses on how to prevent illnesses and injuries to keep workers safe in the retail, construction, health care, accommodation and food services, and other sectors.


The free training takes about six to eight hours for most people to complete, and covers a range of topics, including: 

  • occupational health and safety laws
  • rights, duties and responsibilities of workplace parties
  • duties and responsibilities of the health and safety representative under the Occupational Health and Safety Act
  • recognition, assessment, control and evaluation of common workplace hazards


This new program builds on our commitment to protect and support workers, educate and train people for the labour market and contribute to a prosperous and stable economy.


Small businesses: Ontario is offering free health and safety online training … and reimbursing you. Learn more: https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/1000526/ontario-keeping-workers-safe-as-province-reopens