Ontario Launches Workplace Education and Enforcement Campaign

Published on November 20, 2020

Minister McNaughton joined Premier Ford to announce the Ontario government is launching a series of education and enforcement campaigns to ensure businesses across the province are taking the necessary steps to keep employees, consumers and the public safe on the required public health measures under the Reopening Ontario Act.

Certain businesses in the Yellow-Protect, Orange-Restrict, Red-Control, or Lockdown levels are required to develop a COVID-19 workplace safety plan.

Employers need a plan to put controls in place to make the workplace safer for everyone. Employers can use current public health and workplace health and safety information or guidance to help develop their plan.

Businesses requiring a workplace safety plan are:

  • Restaurants, bars and food or drink establishments;
  • Sports and recreational facilities;
  • Meeting and event spaces;
  • Retail businesses located in malls;
  • Personal care services;
  • Casinos, bingo halls and gaming establishments;
  • Cinemas; and
  • Performing arts facilities.

These campaigns are being developed in consultation with local public health units, police and bylaw departments, and support Ontario’s COVID-19 Response Framework: Keeping Ontario Safe and Open.

Guidance and resources to help businesses and employers operate more safely during COVID-19 are available at Ontario.ca/covidsafety and the Ontario.ca COVID-19 response framework page.

Using these resources, businesses and employers should:

  • Learn about their obligations under the Reopening Ontario Act.
  • Develop their own COVID-19 workplace safety plan.
  • Research suppliers for COVID-19 supplies and equipment.

The campaigns are being carried out in strategic locations, drawing on a team of more than 200 provincial offences officers from various ministries. To date campaigns have taken place in six communities visiting more than 1000 workplaces, and response from business owners and operators has been overwhelmingly positive. No tickets have been issued and all contraventions were resolved with compliance assistance.

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