Safety training to be mandatory in Ontario

All workers subject to OHSA must take 1-time course
By Liz Bernier
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 12/16/2013

Health and safety training will soon be non-negotiable in Ontario workplaces, thanks to a new training requirement from the provincial Ministry of Labour.

The province introduced the on-the-job training requirement in November, and it becomes mandatory on July 1, 2014. All workers and supervisors in the province who are subject to the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) will have to complete the training, which takes about one hour.

“This health and safety awareness training is about giving our workplaces the tools and knowledge to make sure our workers are safe in a way that supports our businesses,” said Yasir Naqvi, Ontario minister of labour.