Rural and northern businesses to benefit from the savings
BRACEBRIDGE, ON: Today Labour Minister Laurie Scott announced that Ontario’s health and safety training will be made available online. This means 50,000 workplaces will no longer have to pay for travel and accommodation for workers to attend a five-day classroom course.
“This simple change will make a big difference, especially for rural and northern businesses like those in our area,” said Parry Sound-Muskoka MPP Norman Miller. “Allowing workers to take the courses online will save the businesses money in travel and accommodation expenses and save the workers time away from their families.”
This change will apply to the training for Joint Health and Safety Committee members. Generally, workplaces with 20 or more workers are required to have a Joint Health and Safety Committee with one certified worker member and one certified employer member.
According to the list of approved trainers on the Ministry of Labour web site, right now the closest trainers to Parry Sound-Muskoka are in Orillia, North Bay and Sudbury.
“I am committed to creating fair and competitive processes for business, dynamic labour markets and safe workplaces for every worker in Ontario,” said Minister Scott. “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.”
Allowing the option of training to take place solely online – in addition to the existing options of classroom, distance and blended learning – reduces travel and accommodation costs for businesses. These changes will reduce burdens and costs to businesses, while ensuring standardized high-quality training is accessible to all workers across Ontario.
Offering this training online is expected to save Ontario businesses and other employers up to $5 million per year.