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Keeping safe during the pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic is creating unique challenges for businesses and individuals around the world.

This hub offers critical information, resources, and updates to help employers ensure the safety of their workers during this time.

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Webinars

Roadmap To Reopen - Businesses Impacted By Step Three (Webinar)

This webinar will focus on the Three Step Process for opening the province - Roadmap to Reopen and will share information, public education and prevention measures that businesses will need to know under Step Two of the Roadmap. This includes identifying and understanding the COVID-19 risks in your workplace, as well as identifying and understanding the Controls that could be used in the workplace.

45 min

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Articles

NEWSFLASH: Ontario Releases Three-Step Roadmap to Safely Reopen the Province

Ontario is moving to Step 3 of the Roadmap to Reopen, effective July 16, 2021 at 12:01 a.m.

Employers should understand the restrictions that apply to their workplace. The full list of Step 3 public health and workplace safety measures can be viewed in O. Reg.520/21 of the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020. Also check for region specific requirements, such as municipal by-laws and orders from their local public health unit.

We are updating our COVID-19 resources appropriately.

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NEWSFLASH: Paid Sick Leave Now in Effect

On April 29, Ontario passed Bill 284, COVID-19 Putting Workers First Act, 2021 amending the Employment Standards Act to require employers to provide employees with up to three days of paid leave if they miss work for reasons related to COVID-19. This Bill is now in effect.

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4 Reasons To Remain Vigilant As Vaccinations Begin (Article)

"Don't wait for the availability of COVID-19 vaccines to figure out how they may affect your workplace," advises Wagish Yajaman, WSPS' Manager, Specialty Services. "While vaccines are widely seen as our best chance to end the pandemic and revitalize the economy, they may present challenges that workplaces need to prepare for."

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5 Steps To Keep Up With Evolving COVID-19 Requirements (Article)

As the pandemic evolves, so does the province's response. Lockdowns, public health orders, and inspection blitzes are just some of the initiatives in play against the pandemic. They all share the same goal: keeping Ontarians healthy and safe. But how is a workplace to keep up?

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COVID-19 Inspections: 6 Tips To Promote Compliance (Article)

The province is stepping up enforcement of COVID-19 requirements in Ontario's workplaces with the training of 100 new occupational health and safety inspectors, says Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development. "will be in the field in the weeks ahead."

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eCourses

Pandemic Planning (eCourse)

This course describes the steps workplaces can take to plan for employee absences and business continuity.

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Resources for public health updates on COVID-19:

Public Health Agency of Canada

Government of Canada's pandemic status updates, links to health resources, prevention and risk information, and policies.

Ontario Ministry of Health

Province of Ontario's outbreak status, policies, recommendations, and resources.

World Health Organization

Global information and updates on the pandemic.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

US-based pandemic coverage and updates.

Industry Associations

Useful business planning resources and industry association supports in the fight against COVID-19.