City of Toronto labelled 'high-risk' employer

City will receive more frequent and intensive inspections
||Last Updated: 03/12/2007

The Ontario Ministry of Labour has declared the City of Toronto a "high-risk" employer because of its poor health and safety record.

The designation was a surprise to city staff because lost-time injuries decreased by four per cent from 2004 to 2005.

The high-risk designation means the city will be undergoing more frequent and intensive safety inspections and pay higher premiums to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB). The city paid $29.8 million in WSIB costs in 2006, which is about what the city has been paying for the past three years.