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Workplace Inspection Blitzes

October 23, 2017

The Ontario Ministry of Labour regularly conducts workplace inspection blitzes. Each year the Ministry announces the focus of its blitzes and initiatives and posts the schedules online. However, the individual workplace is not provided advance notice that it will undergo an inspection. The purpose of Ministry inspections is to ensure compliance with employments standards and health and safety.

Employment Standards

The usual safety blitzes are targeted at industries with a history of violations or workplaces with vulnerable workers such as young or foreign workers. The focus is usually on standards regarding:

  • minimum wage
  • hours of work
  • overtime pay
  • public holidays
  • paid vacation

    During the previous employment standards inspection blitz, the Ministry made 103 inspections and reported that 75% of employers were not complaint with the most common monetary violations with respect to public holidays, overtime, and vacation with pay. The Ministry has the power to issue compliance orders and fines.

    The next round of workplace employment standards inspection blitzes include the following:

Business Type

Ontario Location


Independent grocery stores

Central East and West

Oct 1/17 to Jan 31/18

Kiosks in shopping malls


Nov 1/17 to Jan 31/18

Professional services – dentists, law firms, etc.


Oct 1/17 to Dec 31/17

Seasonal businesses


Nov 1/17 to Jan 31/18

Health and Safety

The Ontario construction industry can expect the following health and safety blitzes:

Construction Industry



Residential projects

Sep 1/17 to Nov 30/17

Falls- ladder safety

Oct 1/17 to Nov 24/17


Apr 1/17 to Mar 31/18

WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information)

Apr 1/17 to Mar 31/18

“Struck by” hazards

May 1/17 to Mar 31/18

Fall Protection

May 1/17 to Mar 31/18

For more information and to determine if your business or industry will be subject to workplace inspection blitzes or initiatives go to the Ministry’s website.

The employment lawyers at Dale & Lessmann LLP would be pleased to speak to you regarding your company’s statutory compliance requirements as well as any other employment and business related issues.

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