Ontario launches more than 20 inspection blitzes to enhance workplace safety

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Protecting vulnerable workers

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Ontario will help protect workers on the job by launching more than 20 targeted inspection blitzes at workplaces across the province over the next year. From May 2, 2016, to March 31, 2017, Ministry of Labour employment standards officers will visit workplaces such as food services, retail stores, construction sites and mines to investigate potential violations of Ontario's employment standards and occupational health and safety laws.In particular, sectors with vulnerable workers and a history of violations will be targeted.

"Ontario has one of the best safety records in Canada, and we should all be proud," says Kevin Flynn, Minister of Labour. "Every worker has the right to work in a healthy, safe and fair workplace.

"Targeted inspection blitz programs like these increase awareness, compliance and overall safety among workers and employers throughout the province. Our goal at the Ministry of Labour is to ensure that workers in Ontario are treated fairly by their employers and return home safely at the end of the day." 

Quick facts

  • Inspection blitzes are part of Ontario’s enforcement strategy to increase compliance with the Employment Standards Act, 2000, and the Occupational Health and Safety Act and their regulations.
  • Violations could include fall hazards, electrical hazards, and chemical handling.
  • Since 2005, more than $144 million in wages and other money owed to employees has been recovered through inspections, claims and collections.
  • Since 2008, Ministry of Labour occupational health and safety inspectors have conducted more than 620,000 field visits and 79 inspection blitzes.
  • Inspectors have issued more than one million compliance orders for safety issues across all sectors in Ontario since June 2008.

MOL Resource Information

Inspection blitz schedule for 2016 – 2017 
2016-2017 Ontario occupational health and safety inspection blitz schedule by sector
Workplace safety plans for each sector 
Ontario’s 2016-2017 employment standards blitzes 


Upcoming webinars to help you prepare for inspection blitzes
A step-by-step guide: What to expect from a Ministry of Labour visit