Province continues workplace inspection efforts while results indicate majority of businesses are following the rules

Some 1,500 workplaces to be inspected by May 28

The province continues to inspect workplaces across Ontario hotspots, even with hundreds of job sites already screened for COVID-19 compliance.

About 1,500 workplaces in Toronto, Hamilton, and Durham, Halton, Peel, and York Regions will be inspected by provincial offences officers by May 27. Inspectors made 718 visits to workplaces during the first week of the inspection campaign, verifying these locations were complying with safety requirements under the Reopening Ontario Act.

“While case counts continue to drop, we can’t take anything for granted when it comes to protecting everyday workers,” said Labour Minister Monte McNaughton. “As our government moves forward and continues to respond to the rapidly evolving pandemic, these inspections are a critical tool as we support businesses and employees through this time.”

McNaughton went on to say only 15 per cent of businesses inspected last week were flagged for follow-up visits. Nine tickets were issued. According to McNaughton, this is a sign most businesses are following the rules and that workers are being kept safe.

Collectively, the six public health units of Toronto, Hamilton, and the regions of Durham, Halton, Peel and York, account for 75 per cent of all COVID-19 cases in Ontario. Manufacturing and food processing workplaces, warehouses and distribution sectors make up 50 per cent of COVID-19 cases reported in Ontario workplaces.