Workplace safety guidelines

May 1, 2020 | Lisa Goodfellow, Jenifer C. Gentle

In anticipation of reopening the provincial economy, the Ontario government has released workplace safety guidelines for employers with COVID-19 precautions, including sector-specific health and safety guidance.  The guidelines provide direction to the manufacturing, food manufacturing and processing, restaurant and food service and the agricultural sectors.  They are in addition to the more than 60 guidelines previously developed for various sectors such as retail, health care, construction, transportation, police services, firefighters, and transit employees.

These guidelines can also offer helpful direction to employers with operations in other Canadian jurisdictions. Click here to access the new guidelines.

For some provincially specific guidelines, see:

Government of British Columbia website

Government of Alberta website

Government of Saskatchewan website

Government of Manitoba website

Government of Quebec website

Federal information can be found at the Government of Canada website.


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