Learn about Ontario's Occupational Health & Safety Act & Canada Labour Code
We all have duties and responsibilities to understand the relevant health and safety legislation; being unaware of your legal responsibilities and duties is not a defense for failure to comply.
Ontario employers and workers have legal roles and responsibilities under a number of different pieces of legislation, including Ontario's Occupational Health & Safety Act, and for some workplaces, the Canada Labour Code.
Ontario's Occupational Health & Safety Act sets out the rights and duties of all workplace parties with one main principle: workers, supervisors and employers share the responsibility for health and safety in the workplace.
Under the Occupational Health & Safety Act:
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Ontario workplaces with Canadian Federal Government employees, or employees within a company or sector that operates across provincial or international borders, are subject to the Canada Labour Code, Part II. Workplaces that are subject to the Canada Labour Code include:
Under the Canada Labour Code:
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There are a number of other forms of legislation you need to be aware of, including the Employment Standards Act , Ontario Human Rights Code and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act. The government of Ontario’s eLaws website allows you access these and other legislation, including the Technical Standards and Safety Authority, Electrical Standards Authority, Fire Code, Building Code and WSIB Act.
WSPS is here to help you understand your roles and responsibilities under the legislation – and we’ll keep you updated about ongoing changes to the legislation.