Ontario hiring the largest number of labour inspectors in the province’s history

Safety Inspector Ontario is set to hire additional labour inspectors to improve workplace health and safety.

Ontario is hiring 98 additional frontline health and safety workers. Once the new hires are on board, the province will employ the most active labour inspectors in its history.

“By adding more inspectors to our team, we can respond faster to situations as they arise and help make sure that every office, plant, store and job site in the province is safe, during COVID-19 and beyond,” said Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development.

The new inspectors are being hired to ensure the occupational health and safety legislation is being enforced and followed in all workplaces. This will help promote a safe and comfortable space for workers.

Ontario inspector responsibilities also include:

  • Inspecting and ensuring the workplace has COVID protections in place
  • Investigating potential workplace hazards including injury, fatality, and work refusal
  • Ensuring and ordering compliance with legislation
  • Stopping unsafe work
  • Recommending and initiating prosecutions

The hiring campaign will increase the number of inspectors from 409 to 507. The cost t the province is $11.6 million.

Recruitment will begin in early October 2020 and applicants will have one month to apply.

More info:

Original news release
Occupational health and safety inspections and investigations
COVID-19 workplace resources