Ontario hiring nearly 100 more labour inspectors

Man wearing a hard hat. (Photo by Life of Pix from Pexels)

The largest labour inspector recruitment in Ontario history is expected to further benefit Sarnia-Lambton.

Ontario Labour Minister and Lambton-Kent-Middlesex MPP Monte McNaughton announced Wednesday the province will hire 98 new inspectors to work with businesses in the fight against COVID-19.

McNaughton said labour inspectors have always played a critical role in Chemical Valley.

“They prevent workplace injuries,” said McNaughton. “One injury to me is too many. I’ve had a great relationship with labour in Sarnia, as well as with employers, and everyone truly has stepped up during the pandemic, but this investment demonstrates the importance of health and safety to every worker in this province and we’re going to spare no expense to protect the health and safety of every worker.”

Monte McNaughton, the MPP for Lambton-Kent-Middlesex and the Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development, makes an announcement in Watford. 14 August 2020. (BlackburnNews.com photo by Colin Gowdy)

Monte McNaughton makes an announcement in Watford. 14 August 2020.

He said the inspectors will continue to ensure the Occupational Health and Safety Act is followed.

“We’ve doubled the amount of people answering the phones at the Health and Safety Action Centre. So, if any worker in Sarnia-Lambton is concerned about their safety, they can call the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development and we will respond.”

He said while an overwhelming majority of companies have stepped up to protect their workers, not all of them have.

“We know there are still some challenges out there and my message would be to those businesses, who aren’t following the law, that the Ministry of Labour will be there to pay a visit.”