The Ontario Ministry of Labour has announced inspections of farms and greenhouses that employ foreign workers.
Inspectors will check on engineering controls, movement of workers, whether a workplace safety plan exists as required under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Approach to COVID-19) Act, 2020, and whether occupational illnesses are being reported as required under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA).
Inspectors may take enforcement action, as appropriate, in response to any violations of the OHSA. Enforcement may range from the issuing of orders to the laying of charges. The maximum penalty upon conviction under the OHSA is $1.5 million for a corporation and $100,000 for an individual. Individuals may also be imprisoned for up to 12 months on conviction.
Three upcoming seminars offer insight and advice on how to prepare.
FEBRUARY 3rd, 2021 10:00 - 11:30am
MLTSD Temporary Foreign Agricultural Workers Initiative 2021
Ontario growers employing TFWs are encouraged to tune into the Ministry of Labour’s webinar on February 3rd about the Ministry’s new inspection initiative which includes farms with TFWs. The webinar will include details and background about the inspections and how to prepare for a potential inspection.
Registration link: https://www.meetview.com/wsps20210203/
FEBRUARY 10, 2021 | 12 pm - 1 pm
WSIB and COVID-19: Here to Help in the Event of an Outbreak
Speaker: Kendra Holliday-Bryant, WSIB
The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board understands that a COVID-19 outbreak can be an overwhelming experience for an agricultural business. Join Kendra Holliday-Bryant, Stakeholder Relations Manager for a session on how WSIB is able to work with you should you experience an outbreak. Topics include: reporting obligations, foreign agricultural worker policy, wage reimbursement, and the single point of contact process. Live event. Advance registration required.
Click here to register
FEBRUARY 11, 2021 | 12 pm - 1 pm
Access to Labour in 2021: Changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program
Speaker: Stefan Larrass, OFVGA
Live event. Advance registration required.
Source: Ontario Ministry of Labour January 27, 2021 news release