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Ontario Inspecting Workplaces to Protect Workers' Health and Safety

Ontario is conducting more than two dozen inspection blitzes in 2018-2019 to ensure employers are meeting health, safety and employment standards at workplaces across the province. 

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Ontario Increases Cancer Coverage for Firefighters

Ontario is making it easier for firefighters to get the help and care they need by extending the presumption for entitlement to benefits to cervical, ovarian and penile cancers.

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Ontario to Review Rules on Personal Emergency Leave for Auto Sector Workers
Ontario will review the rules around personal emergency leave (PEL) for the auto sector. Two independent reviewers, Basil "Buzz" Hargrove and Stacey Allerton, will consult with the auto sector and will provide recommendations to the government.
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Ontario Appoints Expert to Investigate Six-Week Strike

Minister of Labour Kevin Flynn has appointed William Kaplan to conduct an Industrial Inquiry Commission to facilitate a resolution in the dispute involving CUPE Local 3903 and York University.

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Ontario Launching Review of Work-Related Cancers to Ensure Workers Receive the Right Care

Ontario is launching a review of how work-related cancers are evaluated to ensure the compensation system takes into account best practices and the most up-to-date medical science, including the effects of being exposed to multiple substances in a workplace.

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Company Director Fined $30,000 After Failing to Pay Wages

Convicted: Tye S. Farrow, a director of Farrow Partnership Architects Inc., 90 Lyndhurst Ave., Toronto, Ontario

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Steel Truss Crushes Worker, New Brunswick Company Fined $65,000

Convicted: AZZ Galvanizing Canada Limited, 44 Chipman Hill, Suite #1000, Saint John, New Brunswick

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Ontario Enacting Provisions to Provide Further Protections for Temporary Help Agency Workers

Ontario is taking strong action to increase protections for temporary help agency workers. The government has proclaimed Schedule 5 of Bill 18, the Stronger Workplaces for a Stronger Economy Act, 2014, an amendment to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act,1997 (WSIA) to enable a new regulation to better protect temporary help agency workers.  

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Company Fined $90,000 After Worker Suffers Critical Injuries in Fall from Heights

Convicted: Santoro Construction Inc., 3397 American Drive, Unit 15, Mississauga, Ontario.

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Concrete Pumper Injures Worker, Manotick Company Fined $70,000

Convicted: Manotick Concrete Inc., 1249 River Road, Manotick, Ontario, provides concrete forming and foundation supplies to both commercial and residential customers.

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Death of Pedestrian Results in $195,000 Fine to Sudbury Company

Convicted: Interpaving Limited, 885 Regent Street, Suite 2-1B, Sudbury, Ontario, a company contracted to undertake watermain improvements and repaving in downtown Sudbury.

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Worker Crushed by Mobile Home, RV Resort Fined in London Court

Convicted: AFTT Developments Inc., operating as Golden Pond RV Resort, 4340 Cromarty Drive, RR 2, Mossley, Ontario, a mobile home and recreational vehicle residential park and campground.

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Injury on Cutting Machine Results in $60,000 in Fines for Scarborough Noodle Company

Convicted: Hung Wang Foods Inc., a company that operates a noodle manufacturing facility, and Fred King-Cheong Fung, a director of the company.

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New Rules Mandating Equal Pay for Equal Work to Come into Effect April 1

On April 1, 2018, Ontario will become the first jurisdiction in North America to mandate equal pay for equal work between casual, part-time, temporary and seasonal workers, and full-time or permanent workers. 

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Company Fined $170,000 After Death of Worker at Orillia Quarry

Convicted: Walker Aggregates Inc., 2800 Thorold Townline Road, Niagara Falls, Ontario, carrying on business producing limestone, sand and gravel from 15 quarries in southwestern Ontario.

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WHSS Featured in Fine LifeStyles Magazine

Find out more about our boutique consulting firm, our beginnings, and what we do best, in the most recent edition of the Fine Lifestyles Kingston magazine. 

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Vadim Kazenelson found guilty in deadly Toronto scaffolding collapse

A project manager who oversaw a construction crew involved in a fatal scaffolding collapse in 2009 was convicted Friday in the deaths of four workers under his charge.

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Caregiver Leaves to Help Families Now in Effect

The Employment Standards Act has been amended and introduced the new unpaid leaves which employers must provide to their employees.  These amendments apply to all provincially registered workplaces.

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Expanded Definition of Worker under the Occupational Health and Safety Act

The Ontario government has passed the Stronger Workplaces for a Stronger Economy Act which now extends the rights of workers to Co-op students and unpaid learners.  This amendment expands the legal requirement for host employers to protect co-op students and unpaid learners during placements. 

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WHMIS Changes - Free Implementation Webinar

Changes are coming to Canada's national chemical classification and hazard communication standard for workplace chemicals. This recorded webinar will give participants a better understanding of Health Canada's proposed approach to implement the GHS in Canada. 

Length: 41 minutes

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New Working at Heights Regulations - April 1, 2015

The Ministry of Labour has been running a number of advertising campaigns to ensure that those employers and workers working in the CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY on CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS are aware of the new Working at Heights Training Requirements.  This new training must be taken from approved Training Providers and must be completed by APRIL 1, 2017.

If you are a provider of CONSTRUCTION SERVICES on a CONSTRUCTION PROJECT this legislative change applies to you.  Your employees current fall arrest training will need to be updated by APRIL 1, 2017.

For clarification on whether this change applies to you please contact us for assistance or Click Here to visit the Ministry of Labour website.

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