Protecting New and Young Workers on the Job
Ontario Launches Summer Workplace Inspection Blitzes
As summer job season begins, Ontario has launched inspection blitzes to ensure new and young workers, such as summer student employees, are safe on the job and know their rights at work.
From May 1 to August 31, 2017, Ontario workplace inspectors and officers are visiting workplaces that typically hire new and young workers, such as food services and retail trade, to ensure that employers are complying with provincial health and safety and employment standards laws, including training requirements, minimum wage, hours of work and overtime pay.
These enforcement blitzes are part of the province's commitment to help protect vulnerable workers. Workers that are new to their jobs, including young workers, are three times more likely to be injured in the first month than any other time throughout their careers. They are also at greater risk of having their employment standards rights violated, such as those involving unpaid wages or hours of work.
Protecting workers across the province is part of Ontario's plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.
- Young workers are defined as those aged 14 to 24 years. New workers include “young workers” and those aged 25 and older who are on the job for less than six months or who are assigned to a new job in the same workplace.
- New and young workers, and other vulnerable workers, are more likely to be in precarious employment. Precarious employment refers to work that is seasonal, part-time or temporary.
- Ontario is one the few jurisdictions in the world to require occupational health and safety education in schools. It is part of the curriculum from kindergarten to Grade 12.
- This is the 10th consecutive year that the Ministry of Labour has conducted a health and safety blitz for new and young workers.
- Every year, the ministry holds the “It’s Your Job” contest, which encourages students to submit a video on the importance of workplace health and safety as a way to reach their peers.
“Young workers are the future of our workforce, and we must do all that we can to protect them. We must strive to ensure that young workers – our own sons and daughters – have their workplace rights protected under the law and that they are able to come home safely to their families at the end of the day.”