Ontario to protect workers from violence

Domestic violence and harassment also in legislation
By Shannon Klie
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/19/2009

Nearly 18 months after the inquest into the murder of nurse Lori Dupont by her ex-boyfriend and colleague at Hôtel-Dieu Grace Hospital in Windsor, Ont., the Ontario government is proposing new occupational health and safety legislation to protect workers from violence and harassment on the job.

Five other provinces have already included violence in occupational health and safety standards and Ontario, the country’s largest province, has lagged behind for too long, said Glenn French, president of the Toronto-based Canadian Initiative on Workplace Violence.

“I’ve always been shocked and somewhat dismayed that the Ontario government took so long to get into this issue,” he said.