Online health and safety training available for Ontario businesses

Laurie Scott, Minister of Labour

Ontario’s government is making online health and safety training available for businesses.

Government officials say 50,000 Ontario workplaces no longer need to send workers for a five-day classroom course. These changes are expected to save Ontario businesses and other organizations an estimated $5 million per year.

The changes include: 

  • promoting flexibility by allowing training to take place solely online for the first part of the learning, in addition to classroom, blended and distance learning 
  • simplifying the requirements by removing complicated rules and red tape 
  • extending the time to complete the second part of training to within a year of completing the first part, providing more time for employers to schedule training 

“I am committed to creating fair and competitive processes for business, dynamic labour markets and safe workplaces for every worker in Ontario,” said Laurie Scott, Minister of Labour. “Our government will make Ontario Open for Business and Open for Jobs by making our province the best jurisdiction in North America to recruit, retain and reward the workers of today and tomorrow.”

Quick facts:

  • Generally, workplaces with 20 or more workers are required to have a Joint Health Safety Committee (JHSC) with one certified worker member and one certified employer member.
  • About 15,000 JHSC members are certified every year in Ontario.
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