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The Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Program, in collaboration with system partners such as the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) and the Health and Safety Associations (HSAs), aims to reduce and prevent fatalities, illness and injuries across all of Ontario’s workplaces. A safe work environment contributes to higher productivity and lower employment costs, thus contributing to a supportive and dynamic business environment that will attract jobs and investment to Ontario.

The Employment Rights and Responsibilities (ES) Program helps protect vulnerable workers by creating fair workplaces thereby supporting the government’s priority of Reduction of Poverty, Inequality and Exclusion through enforcement of the Employment Standards Act, 2000 and the Employment Protection of Foreign Nationals Act (Live-in Caregivers and Others), 2009.

The ES Program also creates a level playing field for employers, thereby reinforcing a competitive business environment that attracts jobs and investment to Ontario.

The Labour Relations Program supports fair and stable workplaces and increases productivity by facilitating effective labour relations dispute resolution, making Ontario an attractive place for investment.

Ministry Priorities

MOL continues to support Ontario’s commitment to meet its fiscal targets and eliminate the deficit by 2017-18. It does this by reviewing its programs and services regularly to ensure resources are allocated appropriately to get maximum value and to deliver the important work that Ontarians expect in an effective and efficient manner.

The government identified a number of priorities for the Ministry of Labour over the next few years. These priorities fall under a number of broad categories and the ministry has already begun activities to support these initiatives:

  • Reflecting the Changing Workplace – The ministry has appointed two special advisers to help lead broad public consultations on how the province’s labour relations and employment standards legislation could be amended to best protect workers while supporting business in the changing economy. These special advisers are Ontario labour lawyer Michael Mitchell and the Honourable John C. Murray, a former Ontario Superior Court justice.
  • Developing a Wage Gap Strategy – the ministry will work with the Ontario Women’s Directorate and other ministries to develop a strategy that helps close the wage gap between men and women in the current economy. The existence of a gender wage gap is indicative of barriers facing women that prevent them from making a full contribution to the economy of the province. A Steering Committee will lead the consultations and the development of a wage gap strategy.