Ontario Launching Workplace Blitzes

April 12, 2016 | Government of Ontario

Province Committed to Protecting Vulnerable Workers

 Ontario will help protect workers on the job by launching more than 20 targeted 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.

 To help ensure workers are also receiving what they are owed, employment standards officers will check for violations that could affect the pay, overtime and work hours of:

•             temporary foreign workers
•             young workers and
•             employees of repeat violators

These initiatives are part of the government's commitment to protecting workers and ensuring they are safe and treated fairly at Ontario workplaces.


•             Violations could include falls hazards, electrical hazards, and chemical handling.
•             Blitzes are part of Ontario’s enforcement strategy to increase compliance with the Employment Standards Act, 2000, Occupational Health and Safety Act and their regulations.
•             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 provincial inspection blitzes.
•             Inspectors have issued more than one million compliance orders for safety issues across all sectors in Ontario since June 2008.


•             Blitz schedule for 2016 – 2017
•             Ontario’s 2016-2017 occupational health and safety blitzes
•             Workplace safety plans for each sector
•             Ontario’s 2016-2017 employment standards blitzes