On Workplace Safety

Published on July 06, 2020

MPP Anand's twenty-eighth Members' Statement was on the topic of "Workplace Safety", delivered on 6 July 2020.

See full transcript below:

"Protecting the health and safety of workers and the public is the government’s top priority. That is why, Mr. Speaker, Ontario has taken decisive action to contain the spread of COVID-19. Last Friday, our government announced an exciting new initiative that will provide online training to promote safer workplaces across Ontario. On average, 37,000 people require this mandatory training every year, including the members from Mississauga–Malton. This new online training will ensure joint health and safety committee members stay up to date and address safety and health concerns in their workplaces, including those related to COVID-19. The training will take place and be provided in real time using videoconferencing by qualified instructors who are approved by Ontario’s Chief Prevention Officer.

Mr. Speaker, there have been rapid changes during this global pandemic, and we want workers and employers to get the training on health and safety measures so that we can safely and gradually reopen Ontario’s economy. By offering these online options, we can ensure that workers still get that important information, but from the safety of their homes, making workplaces safer for everyone.

On behalf of Mississauga–Malton, I’d like to take a moment and thank Premier Ford and Minister Monte McNaughton, the Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development, for taking swift action in supporting our employees and employers. Together, let’s stop the spread of COVID-19."