Training

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Health and Safety Training

The main purpose of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) is to protect workers from health and safety hazards on the job. It sets out duties for all workplace parties and rights for workers. It establishes procedures for dealing with workplace hazards and provides for enforcement of the law where compliance has not been achieved voluntarily.

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Under the Occupational Health and Safety Act: An employer shall ensure that a worker who performs work for the employer completes a basic occupational health and safety awareness training program. A basic occupational health and safety awareness training program for workers must include instruction on the following:

  1. The duties and rights of workers under the Act.
  2. The duties of employers and supervisors under the Act.
  3. The roles of health and safety representatives and joint health and safety committees under the Act.
  4. The roles of the Ministry, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board and entities designated under section 22.5 of the Act with respect to occupational health and safety.
  5. Common workplace hazards.
  6. The requirements set out in Regulation 860 (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) with respect to information and instruction on controlled products.
  7. Occupational illness, including latency

Training For Workers

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Under the Occupational Health and Safety Act: An employer shall ensure that a supervisor who performs work for the employer completes a basic occupational health and safety awareness training program. A basic occupational health and safety awareness training program for supervisors must include instruction on the following:

  1. The duties and rights of workers under the Act.
  2. The duties of employers and supervisors under the Act.
  3. The roles of health and safety representatives and joint health and safety committees under the Act.
  4. The roles of the Ministry, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board and entities designated under section 22.5 of the Act with respect to occupational health and safety.
  5. How to recognize, assess and control workplace hazards, and evaluate those controls.
  6. Sources of information on occupational health and safety.

Training For Supervisors

Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)

Employers are required to educate and train workers about the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS). WHMIS training is offered free of charge through Employment Ontario Employment Service providers.

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Training Grants And Subsidies

Canada-Ontario Job Grant

Canada-Ontario Job Grant (COJG) provides opportunities for employers, individually or in groups, to invest in their workforce, with help from the government.

The Canada-Ontario Job Grant provides direct financial support to individual employers or employer consortia who wish to purchase training for their employees. It is available to small, medium and large businesses with a plan to deliver short-term training to existing and new employees.  Important to know:

  • Employers can get up to $10,000 in government support per person for training costs.
  • The training has to be delivered by an eligible, third-party trainer.
  • Employers with 100 or more employees need to contribute 1/2 of the training costs. Small employers with less than 100 employees need to contribute 1/6 of training costs.
  • For employer groups who want to apply for training supports the government offers a COJG Consortium Stream.  The Consortium Stream allows a group of employers (more than 2 employers) to pool their resources to support common training objectives and goals.  To apply as a consortium, the intermediary organization needs to ensure all the participating employers and trainees meet COJG requirements, and are able to make their required contribution towards the training cost.
  • The intermediary organization will be paid 15% of the approved COJG ministry contribution to cover the administrative cost related to the completion of the consortium application.

If you're an employer with a particular skills demand, the Canada-Ontario Job Grant might be right for you. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

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