What is a Ministry of Labour Inspection Initiative?
Each year the Ministry of Labour (MOL) schedules inspection initiatives in specific sectors or regions to protect workers' rights under both the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and the Employment Standards Act, and enhance employers' awareness of their responsibilities. Inspection initiatives focus on specific hazards or topics.
Occupational health and safety inspectors carry out these initiatives to:
- raise awareness of hazards
- increase compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act and its regulations
Get ready for an inspection initiative
Several weeks before and during the inspection window, the MOL and the Ontario health and safety associations will reach out to workplaces (via social media and other channels) and offer assistance in preparing for inspection. This assistance is referred to as "Compliance Support" and is available in the form of tools, training and resources. Interested in getting a head start on preparation? Visit our resources pages below for training and awareness materials on upcoming initiative topics.
MOL inspectors conduct field visits to check that employers are complying with the OHSA and its regulations, and to raise awareness about specific issues at the workplaces they are visiting.
2020 / 2021 Inspection Initiative Schedule
MLTSD Temporary Foreign Agricultural Workers Initiative
Commencing April 21, 2020
Other 2020-21 Compliance Initiatives
In response to COVID-19, the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development plans to adjust the current 2020-21 health and safety compliance initiative schedule. Further updates will be provided as necessary.