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September 25, 2021 | Ontario Cautiously Easing Capacity Limits in Select Settings Where Proof of Vaccination is Required

Effective September 25, 2021, at 12:01 a.m., capacity limits will be increased in many of the indoor settings where proof of vaccination is required.

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September 22, 2021 | Now in effect: Ontario's Proof of Vaccination policy

Effective 12:01 a.m. on September 22, 2021, Ontario requires patrons to provide proof of vaccination to access certain high-risk public settings.

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September 22, 2021 | Workplace Safety Plan Builder now available

A new online, interactive tool – the Workplace Safety Plan Builder – can help you develop your plan and/or review your existing controls to ensure adequate controls are in place.

By law Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020, all businesses permitted to be open must have a written Safety Plan in place. The plan must be made available to anyone who asks to see it and posted in a place where it will be easily seen.

All employers are encouraged to review and update their safety plan regularly.

Get more information on the new Workplace Safety Plan Builder and developing your workplace safety Plan by visiting the Ontario Government's Guide to developing your COVID-19 workplace safety plan.

September 15, 2021 | Guidance on upcoming provincial Proof of Vaccination policy

Effective 12:01 a.m. on September 22, 2021, Ontario will require patrons to provide proof of vaccination to access certain high-risk public settings.

In preparation, the Ontario government has released (see News Release) the following supports for impacted businesses and organizations:

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September 01, 2021 | Ontario’s enhanced COVID-19 Vaccine Certificate

Effective September 22, 2021 the province will require people to be fully vaccinated and provide proof of their vaccination status to access certain indoor public high-risk settings where face masks cannot always be worn.

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July 16, 2021 | Ontario moves to Step 3 of the Roadmap to Reopen

Ontario is moving to Step 3 of the Roadmap to Reopen, effective July 16, 2021 at 12:01 a.m.

Employers should understand the restrictions that apply to their workplace. The full list of Step 3 public health and workplace safety measures can be viewed in O. Reg.520/21 of the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020. Also check for region specific requirements, such as municipal by-laws and orders from their local public health unit.

We are updating our COVID-19 resources appropriately.

June 24, 2021 | Ontario moves to Step 2 of the Roadmap to Reopen early

Ontario is moving to Step 2 of the Roadmap to Reopen early. Effective June 30, 2021 at 12:01 a.m.

Employers should understand the restrictions that apply to their workplace under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act (ROA), as described in the Roadmap to Reopen, and regularly check for region specific requirements, such as municipal by-laws and orders from their local public health unit.

We are updating our COVID-19 resources appropriately.

June 03, 2021 | Ontario releases three-step Roadmap to Safely Reopen the Province

The Ontario government has announced a new 3 step plan to reopen the province and gradually lift public health measures. Ontario enters Step One of the plan on June 11, 2021 at 12:01 a.m.

Employers should understand the restrictions that apply to their workplace under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act (ROA), as described in the Roadmap to Reopen, and regularly check for region specific requirements, such as municipal by-laws and orders from their local public health unit.

We are updating our COVID-19 resources appropriately.

May 05, 2021 | Paid infectious disease emergency leave now in effect

On April 29, 2021, the Ontario government passed Bill 284, COVID-19 Putting Workers First Act, 2021 amending the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) to require employers to provide employees with up to three days of paid leave if they miss work for reasons related to COVID-19.

This Bill is now in effect. The entitlement is retroactive to April 19, 2021 and will end on September 25, 2021 (in alignment with the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) - Canada.ca timelines).

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May 05, 2021 | Ontario launches Mobile Vaccine Units in hot spot workplaces

TORONTO - With the arrival of increased vaccine deliveries from the federal government starting this week, the Ontario government is further expanding its COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan with the launch of mobile vaccine units for small to medium-sized businesses in hot spot communities. These mobile units will begin offering vaccinations in Toronto, York and Peel at select businesses that have employees who cannot work from home and have a history or risk of outbreaks. Each public health unit will determine the small to medium-sized businesses where mobile units will be deployed.

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Apr 27, 2021 | Day of Mourning statement from Prevention Council

Ontario's Prevention Council Chair released the statement below today:

April 28th marks the annual National Day of Mourning in Canada. This is a day where we pay tribute and remember those who have lost their lives and their loved ones or suffered injury or illness on the job due to a work-related tragedy. In the current pandemic, which has taken many lives and changed the way we work, this day has all the more resonance.

As members of the Prevention Council, we are mandated to work as a strategic team to ensure we provide sound and actionable advice to government and Ontario's industries on the prevention of workplace injuries and occupational diseases in the Province of Ontario, and work diligently to make this our top priority.

This past year has been an unprecedented year for everyone. During these challenging times, we have seen unwavering commitment to workplace health and safety, and we thank you for your continued leadership. We encourage you to remain vigilant and continue to follow the occupational health and safety procedures in your workplaces as well as the COVID-19 guidance and resources issued by the ministry. Please also remember the value and importance of involving your Joint Health and Safety Committee and/or Health and Safety Representative in identifying and addressing health and safety concerns specific to your workplace.

As leaders in occupational health and safety, we encourage you to acknowledge this day within the workplace, but also to collectively use this time to reflect and renew our commitment to eliminating preventable workplace incidents and illnesses in Ontario's workplaces.

Blair Allin
National Health and Safety Representative, International Brotherhood of Boilermakers

Brian Arnold
Fire Chief, Cambridge Fire Department

Patrick Bourgeois
Construction Manager, Peter Kiewit Sons ULC

John Bourke
Business Manager/Financial Secretary, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers

Stephen Chaplin
Vice President of Health, Safety & Environment, EllisDon

Rodney Cook
Vice President Workplace Health and Safety Services, WSIB

Michael Dauncey
Director Health and Safety Corporate, Mattamy Homes

Cora DeMarco
Manager, Technica Mining

Colin de Raaf
Director of Training, CLA

Daniel Fleming
Manager, Training and Development GTA, NORCAT

Ron Kelusky
Chief Prevention Officer, Ministry of Labour, Training, Skills and Development

Dr. Isra Levy
Vice President of Medical Affairs and Innovation, Canadian Blood Services

Bill Mader
Insulator, Local 95

Erin Oliver (Chair)
Vice President of Health, Safety and Sustainability, Modern Niagara Group Inc.

Patricia Pereira Janicas
Director, Health & Safety, Kenaidan Contracting Ltd

Dustin Philp
Plant Chairperson, Tormont-Concord Unifor Local 112

Sandro Pinto
Executive Director, LiUNA Local 183

Peter Rowe
Director, Chair of the Regulatory Committee, Ontario Petroleum Institute

James St. John
Business Manager/Financial Secretary, Central Ontario Building Trades

Roger Tickner
President, Tickner and Associates Inc

Apr 27, 2021 | Déclaration du Conseil de prévention sur le jour de deuil

Le président du Conseil de prévention de l'Ontario a publié aujourd'hui la déclaration suivante :

Le 28 avril marque le Jour de deuil national annuel au Canada. C'est un jour où nous nous souvenons de ceux qui ont perdu la vie et de leurs proches, ou qui ont subi une blessure ou contracté une maladie au travail en raison d'une tragédie liée au travail, et nous leur rendons hommage. Dans le contexte de la pandémie actuelle, qui a coûté de nombreuses vies et changé notre façon de travailler, cette journée a d’autant plus de résonance.

En tant que membres du Conseil de prévention, nous avons pour mandat de travailler en tant qu'équipe stratégique, afin de nous assurer que nous fournissons des conseils judicieux et réalisables au gouvernement et aux industries de l'Ontario, sur la prévention des accidents du travail et des maladies professionnelles dans la province de l'Ontario, et nous travaillons avec diligence pour en faire notre principale priorité.

L’année écoulée a été une année sans précédent pour tout le monde. En ces temps difficiles, nous avons constaté un engagement inébranlable à l'égard de la santé et de la sécurité au travail, et nous vous remercions de votre leadership continu. Nous vous encourageons à rester vigilants et à continuer de suivre les procédures de santé et de sécurité au travail sur vos lieux de travail ainsi que les conseils et les ressources liés à la COVID-19 publiés par le ministère. N'oubliez pas non plus la valeur et l'importance de l'implication de votre comité mixte sur la santé et la sécurité au travail et/ou de votre délégué à la santé et à la sécurité dans l'identification et la résolution des problèmes de santé et de sécurité spécifiques à votre lieu de travail.

En tant que chefs de file en matière de santé et sécurité au travail, nous vous encourageons à souligner cette journée dans votre milieu de travail, mais aussi à profiter collectivement de ce moment pour réfléchir et renouveler notre engagement à éliminer les incidents et les maladies évitables dans les lieux de travail de l'Ontario.

Blair Allin
Représentant canadien en santé et sécurité, Fraternité internationale des chaudronniers

Brian Arnold
Chef des pompiers, service d'incendie de Cambridge

Patrick Bourgeois
Chef des travaux de construction, Peter Kiewit Sons ULC

John Bourke
Chef de la gestion des activités/secrétaire financier, Fraternité internationale des ouvriers en électricité

Stephen Chaplin
Vice-président de la santé, de la sécurité et de l'environnement, EllisDon

Rodney Cook
Vice-président des Services de santé et de sécurité au travail, WSIB

Michael Dauncey
Directeur, Santé et sécurité internes, Mattamy Homes

Cora DeMarco
Directrice, Technica Mining

Colin de Raaf
Directeur de la formation, CLAC

Daniel Fleming
Gestionnaire, Formation et développement dans la RGT, NORCAT

Ron Kelusky
Directeur général de la prévention, ministère du Travail, de la Formation et du Développement des compétences

Dr Isra Levy
Vice-président aux affaires médicales et à l'innovation, Société canadienne du sang

Bill Mader
Calorifugeur, section locale 95

Erin Oliver (présidente)
Vice-présidente de la santé, de la sécurité et de la durabilité, Modern Niagara Group Inc.

Patricia Pereira Janicas
Directrice, Santé et sécurité, Kenaidan Contracting Ltd.

Dustin Philp
Président d'usine, Toromont-Concord Unifor, section locale 112

Sandro Pinto
Directeur général, LiUNA, section locale 183

Peter Rowe
Directeur, président du Comité de réglementation, Ontario Petroleum Institute Inc.

James St. John
Chef de la gestion des activités/secrétaire financier, Central Ontario Building Trades

Roger Tickner
Président, Tickner and Associates Inc.

Jun 03, 2020 | Agri-Food Workplace Protection Program launched to prevent spread of COVID-19

Through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (the Partnership), the federal and provincial governments are launching the Agri-food Workplace Protection Program to help agriculture producers and meat processing facilities enhance health and safety measures to prevent the spread of the COVID-19.

"The health and safety of our farmers and food processors is paramount," said Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food. "This additional investment assists agriculture businesses and meat processing facilities in Ontario with implementing measures that follow the best public health guidance for our essential agri-food workers."

"Our hard-working agri-food heroes in food processing plants across Ontario play a critical role in keeping our food supply chain strong," said Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. "This project is an important step in keeping our essential workers healthy and safe during the COVID-19 outbreak and beyond."

Funding is available to provincially-regulated meat processors and agriculture producers (farms) for initiatives such as purchasing personal protective equipment, enhanced cleaning and disinfection, redesigning workstations and support worker accommodations, work-site mobility and transportation.

Under the Partnership, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS) will be providing support to agri-food businesses, in collaboration with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs, with personalized consulting and training to improve the effective management of the risk of COVID-19. The Partnership provides for $500,000 in funded access to WSPS training and consulting services.

$250,000 funding is directed to provincially regulated abattoirs and meat processing facilities and $250,000 to agricultural producer operations such as farms, greenhouses and horticultural production operations, livestock production operations, and field/cash crop production.

This program will be in effect until March 31, 2021 or until the funding is fully allocated.

To inquire about WSPS consulting and training, contact our Customer Care Department at 1-877-494-WSPS (9777) or 905-614-1400.

For more information and to access funding under the Agri-Food Workplace Protection Program, visit the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs website:

Media Contact: Meagan Wadeson, Internal Communications Lead, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services, Meagan.Wadeson@wsps.ca, 905-614-1400 Ext 2233.

This project is funded in part by the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative.