FYI: Upcoming Blitzes & Initiatives Starting in November 2017

The Ontario Ministry of Labour (MOL) schedules blitzes and initiatives every year with the goal of making workplaces safer for Ontarians. The blitzes and initiatives are scheduled in specific sectors and are meant to ensure that both the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act and the Employment Standards Act are being followed. As well, blitzes and initiatives enhance employer awareness of their responsibilities and their role in keeping employees safe on the job.

REGIONAL Initiatives starting on November 1, 2017

Employment Standards Initiative – Seasonal Businesses
Region:  Western 
Start Date: November 1, 2017

Employment Standards Blitz – Shopping Mall Kiosks
Region: Eastern
Start Date: November 1, 2017

Employment standards initiatives are concerned with ensuring that employers in the region are upholding, and adhering to, employment standards. During employment standard initiatives, officers often inspect workplaces looking for infractions with regard to:

  • Minimum wage
  • Hours of work
  • Overtime pay
  • Public holidays
  • Paid vacation


While the focus and planned schedule of blitzes and initiatives are released ahead of time, workplaces are not notified in advance. To see a full schedule of upcoming blitzes and initiatives, please click here.

Written by Jennifer Miller | Curriculum Development Coordinator

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