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Safety for Mining Workers to Increase

Underground mine workers in Ontario should be healthier and safer with Ontario accepting and acting on all 18 consensus recommendations from the final report of the Mining Health, Safety and Prevention Advisory Group.

Among those recommendations are the requiring of employers to have formal water management programs to reduce hazards related to excess water where miners are located, as well as enhancing ground control protection to track and monitor seismic activity.

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Inspection Blitzes to Continue

The Ontario Ministry of Labour continues to coordinate enforcement blitzes and initiatives for the Occupational Health and Safety Program and the Employment Standards Program.  This includes provincial blitzes, which are province-wide and sector-specific. Regional initiatives are smaller-scale enforcement programs.

Blitzes happening over the next several months will focus on areas such as precarious employment, struck by hazards, temporary foreign workers, new and young workers, and trenching hazards.

For the complete schedule of blitzes and initiatives, click here.

Ontario Investing in Workers

Ontario is investing $55 million in apprenticeship programs to help train workers to become tradespeople. Funding will be provided to two apprenticeship programs: the Apprenticeship Enhancement Fund, which will receive $23 million over a two-year span, and the Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program, which will receive $13 million during that time.

Colleges and other training organizations will receive $19 million over three years.

For more details, click here.

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