Ministry of Labour

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    Ministry Of Labour Health and Safety Research Grant Program on Hold see more

    The Occupation Health, Safety and Prevention Innovation Program and Research Opportunities Program are currently on hold and not accepting applications.  The Ministry of Labour is reviewing its grants programs and will provide additional information once the review is complete. Updates on the programs will also be available on the MoL website.  

     

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    New Voluntary Health & Safety Rep Basic Training Guidelines and eLearning Program Available see more

    The Ministry of Labour in collaboration with its health and safety system partners has developed a voluntary one-day Health and Safety Representative (HSR) Training Guidelines and eLearning program designed to provide foundational knowledge to help HSRs perform their legislated duties.  The guidelines are posted on the MoL website and the eLearning module will be available on the IHSA’a website.  The goal is to help small businesses (with 6 to 19 workers) improve their workplace health and safety.   For more details click on https://www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/hs/pubs/hsr_program_guideline.php 

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    COCA Meets With New Chief Prevention Officer see more

    On Monday, April 30, COCA’s WSIB-OH&S Committee chair Paul Gunning and President Ian Cunningham met with the Ministry of Labour’s recently appointed Chief Prevention Officer, Ron Kelusky.  We described the unique nature of construction projects and the complexities of health and safety management on construction projects and the CPO listened intently and asked thoughtful questions and appeared eager to learn.  We asked about the recommendations made by Tony Dean in his Expert Panel Report and Kelusky went through them one-by-one, those completed and those yet-to-be-completed. 

    We asked about the status of the Construction Health and Safety Action Plan, Accreditation, mandatory entry-level training for construction.  We learned that the Prevention Office is in the early stages of developing its second five-year integrated health and safety strategy.  Paul Gunning spoke passionately about taking health and safety to the next level by intensifying the elementary school health and safety curriculum in order to help young students develop the right attitudes.  The CPO talked about getting better data and identifying common causes of incidents. 

    We found Ron to be bright, knowledgeable, passionate, open minded, eager to learn, eager to share his ideas and eager to work together to really make a difference.  We look forward to working with him to that end.

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    Schedule of Ministry of Labour Construction Blitzes for 2018/19 see more

    The Ministry of Labour schedules their enforcement blitzes and initiatives and publishes their schedule well in advance to give employers time to review their obligations and make the necessary preparations such as changing procedures, providing training, upgrading equipment and otherwise.  The schedule of MoL interventions that affect our industry are as follows:

    BLITZES

    Working at Heights - fall protection

    • May 1 – May 31, 2018, Phase 1  - Compliance support and prevention education (Ministry of Labour and Infrastructure Health and Safety Association)
    • June 1 – June 30, 2018, Phase 2 - Ministry of Labour enforcement campaign

    Reversing equipment on construction projects

    • September 1 – September 30, 2018 Phase 1 - compliance support and prevention education (Ministry of Labour and Infrastructure Health and Safety Association)
    • October 1 - October 31, 2018, Phase 2 Ministry of Labour enforcement campaign

    Employment Standards 

    • May 1 - August 31, 2018,  (e.g. minimum wage, hours of work, overtime pay, public holidays, paid vacation)

    CONSTRUCTION INITIATIVES

    • Internal Responsibility System (IRS) - June 1, 2018 – March 31, 2019

    CROSS-SECTOR INITIATIVES

    • Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) - April 1, 2018 – March 31, 2019
    • Ergonomics related to falls (ladders, stairs, access platforms) - April 1, 2018 – March 31, 2019

    REGIONAL INITIATIVES 2018/19

    CENTRAL EAST

    • Industrial and construction workplaces that utilize employment services through temporary help agencies - April 1, 2018 – March 31, 2019

    CENTRAL WEST

    • Road construction projects - what to look for in traffic control and traffic protection plans - May 1 – 31, 2018
    • Temporary labour agencies initiative - worker training and hazard exposure - June 1, 2018 – March 31, 2019

    EASTERN

    • Utility work - May 1 – August 31, 2018

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    New Regulation Extends Terms For OCoT Trade Board Members and Adjudicators see more

    The Minister of Labour has made a regulation that allows certain members of Ontario College of Trades’ Trade Boards and Roster of Adjudicators to be eligible to serve beyond their mandated six consecutive year maximum terms.

    Among the duties of Trade Boards are the following:

    • Supporting the development of apprenticeship training standards, curriculum standards, examinations and other related training and certification material, and making recommendations to the Divisional Board;
    • Considering advice and recommendations from employers, journeypersons and apprentices who work in the trade or group of trades represented by the Trade Board;
    • Identifying trends, emerging technologies, opportunities, challenges, and other issues;
    • Advocating for high standards in the delivery of apprenticeship programs;
    • Promoting apprenticeship as a method of acquiring skills for trades.

    The duties of the Roster of Adjudicators include:

    • Serving and protecting the public interest in carrying out journeyperson to apprentice ratio reviews;
    • Participating on review panels to make determinations on the ratio of journeypersons to apprentices in certain trades;
    • Advising the College’s Board of Governors of the decisions of the review panel, and providing written reasons  for those decisions

    Members of Trade Boards and the Roster of Adjudicators who are eligible are those who were appointed in 2012 who will reach six consecutive years of service on a Trade Board or the Roster of Adjudicators between February 14, 2018, and September 30, 2018. 

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    Minister Ignores Advice, Proclaims WSIA Amendments see more

    Against the advice of the Ontario Business Coalition and others, the Minister of Labour proclaimed schedule 5 of Bill 18 Stronger Workplaces for a Stronger Economy Act 2014.  Schedule 5 amends the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act (WSIA) allowing the costs of an injury suffered by an employee of a temporary employment agency (TEA) while working at a TEA’s client employer’s workplace to be transferred to the client employer.

    Anyone with rudimentary knowledge understands that employers’ premium rates are based largely on expected claims costs.  Expected claims costs are assigned the appropriate premium rate.  Given the proclamation of schedule 5, can we expect the premium paid by TEAs to be nil since they will incur no claims costs for their employees?

    A more thoughtful approach could have and should have been taken to protect the employees of temporary help agencies. 

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    Bill 148 — the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act — has Ontario businesses worried. see more

    TVO - Ontario’s standing committee on finance and economic affairs criss-crossed the province in July, hearing out labour groups, businesses, and other interested parties on Bill 148 — the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act. The bill includes a $15 minimum wage, more personal leave and vacation time, and measures to prevent employers from changing or cancelling shifts on less than 48 hours’ notice.

    But some businesses are wondering how they’ll manage to deal with the changes. “Bill 148 is ill-advised,” says Karl Baldauf, vice-president of policy and government relations at the Ontario Chamber of Commerce. “The government has not provided for the kind of economic analysis that you would expect from a piece of legislation that’s going to have such profound impact as quick as it will on the Ontario economy.”

    Earlier this summer, we asked labour groups what they wanted the government to add to Bill 148. So what do businesses want the government to do?

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    Daily Commercial News - The most recent Council of Ontario Construction Associations (COCA) newsletter reports that falls continue to be a major cause of workplace injury in the construction sector. 

    COCA notes that in his report to the Provincial Labour-Management Health and Safety Committee, the provincial co-ordinator for the Ministry of Labour's (MOL) Construction Health and Safety Program, Brian Barron, recorded injury and fatality statistics reflecting the MOL's recently expanded definition of "critical injury." The new definition captures more types of injuries than the previous definition, so a comparison of current data with last year's is not a true comparison, indicated the source.

    There was one fatality in the month of May. It occurred when a worker fell approximately 25 feet while working on the trusses of a barn.

    There have been seven fatalities in the construction industry in the first five months of 2017 versus only four last year, reports the MOL.

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    More Fatalities in 2018 see more

    At the monthly meeting of the Provincial Labour – Management Health and Safety Committee on May 2nd, the Ministry of Labour’s Acting Provincial Co-ordinator for the Construction Health and Safety Program, Jean Justa, reported the following for the period January 1 to April 15, 2018:

    • There were 8 fatalities in the construction industry versus 6 in the same period in the year prior; 6 of those fatalities were the result of falls; 4 were in single family residential, 1 in multi-res, 1 in industrial and 2 in commercial
    • There were 49 critical injuries versus 59 in 2017; too many were the result of falls

    Since April 15th there have been several additional construction fatalities.  If the current trajectory continues, 2018 will go down as he worst year for health and safety in a long time.

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    New workplace legislation could generate ‘unintended consequences’ for construction see more

    Daily Commercial News - The Ontario government is planning to introduce new legislation that includes broad ranging amendments to Ontario’s Employment Standards Act (ESA) and Labour Relations Act (LRA), but it is unclear whether or not the changes will impact the construction industry.

    The legislation is being proposed by the Ministry of Labour (MOL) in response to the Changing Workplaces Review Final Report.

    According to the MOL, the intention of the proposed legislation, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act 2017, is to create more opportunities and security for workers across Ontario, but some construction industry stakeholders are worried the changes might inadvertently affect construction employers and workers.

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    Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs see more

    Office of the Premier - Ontario is taking historic action to create more opportunity and security for workers with a plan for Fair Workplaces and Better Jobs. This includes hiking the minimum wage, ensuring part-time workers are paid the same hourly wage as full-time workers, introducing paid sick days for every worker and stepping up enforcement of employment laws.

    Over the past three years, Ontario's economy has outperformed all G7 countries in terms of real GDP growth. While exports and business investments are increasing and the unemployment rate is at a 16-year low, the nature of work has changed. Many workers are struggling to support their families on part-time, contract or minimum-wage work. Government has a responsibility to address precarious employment and ensure Ontario workers are protected by updating the province's labour and employment laws.

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    Proposed Changes to Ontario's Employment and Labour Laws see more

    Ministry of Labour - The Ontario government has announced its intention to introduce proposed legislation, The Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017. The legislative proposals include broad ranging amendments to Ontario's Employment Standards Act and Labour Relations Act.

    While the province's economy is strong and growing, the nature of work has changed, leaving many workers struggling to support their families on part-time, contract or minimum-wage work. Workers in Ontario have the right to strong protections at work. Fairness and decency must continue to be the defining values of our workplaces. These legislative changes seek to create more opportunity and security for workers across Ontario.

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    Statement from Minister Flynn on the Release of the Changing Workplaces Review Final Report see more

    Ministry of Labour  - Minister of Labour Kevin Flynn issued the following statement in response to the final report released today:

    "The Government of Ontario released the Changing Workplaces Review final report this morning. This is Ontario's first independent review in more than a generation to seek recommendations for legislative changes to the province's Employment Standards Act and Labour Relations Act. I want to thank the special advisors C. Michael Mitchell and the Honourable John C. Murray for the hard work they put into this report, and for the care and thoughtfulness they demonstrated through their recommendations.

    I would also like to thank all of the women and men, and all of the advocates and representatives from organized labour and our business community who took an active role in the consultation process. The response by so many people across Ontario shows the seriousness of this issue, and confirms why our government has made this a priority.

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    Ontario's Construction Health and Safety Action Plan see more

    Ministry of Labour - Ontario is launching a number of initiatives to prevent worker deaths, injuries and illness in the construction sector as part of Ontario's Construction Health and Safety Action Plan. These will build on a strong foundation of about a dozen initiatives already underway or completed as part of the strategy.

    New Measures

    The Construction Health and Safety Action Plan contains 16 recommendations to create a more knowledgeable, skilled sector and to increase the sector's compliance with occupational health and safety laws.

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    Ontario Increasing Minimum Wage to Support Workers and Families see more

    Ministry of Labour - Ontario is continuing to boost income for workers across the province by increasing the general minimum wage for the fourth consecutive year, which will bring the wage up to $11.60 this fall.

    Minister of Labour Kevin Flynn made the announcement today in Toronto. The increase announced today will come into effect on October 1, 2017, and continues the government's efforts to ensure more workers and their families are able to benefit from the province's growing economy. As a result, full-time minimum wage earners in Ontario are now taking home $2,782 more per year than they did just four years ago.

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