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BREAKING: Premier Ford’s office occupied indefinitely to demand immediate action to prevent workplace deaths

TORONTO, Oct. 16, 2019 – Community and labour leaders began an indefinite occupation of Premier Doug Ford’s constituency office at 823 Albion Road in Etobicoke today, demanding his signature on Section 83(4) of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act (WSIA) to prevent further workplace deaths in Ontario. To ensure that companies using temp agency workers are held financially…


Letter to Minister Laurie Scott RE: Fiera Foods fatalities

RE: Fiera Foods fatalities Dear Honourable Minister Scott: This latest fatality of a temporary agency worker at Upper Crust compels me to write to you and call for a health and safety inspection blitz of Fiera Foods all other related companies such as Upper Crust. As you know this is the fourth fatality at one…


OFL Statement: Ontario Court of Appeal decision – Metron Construction

(TORONTO, ON) ─ Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) President Chris Buckley commended yesterday’s appeal decision for Metron Construction Project Manager Vadim Kazenelson, calling it a confirmation of a historic decision that sends a strong message to every employer in the province. In January of 2016, Ontario Court Judge, the Honourable Ian MacDonnell, sentenced Kazenelson to…


It’s time for the WSIB to treat workers suffering from mental stress fairly, says OFL

(TORONTO, ON) – As Canadians continue to recognize Mental Illness Awareness Week, the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) is deeply disappointed by the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board’s (WSIB) policy decision to use “predominate cause” for mental stress claims rather than the “significant contribution” test. “This decision appears to be in direct contravention of the…


OFL and Prevention Link Proudly Support Mental Illness Awareness Week

This October 1-7, we recognize Mental Illness Awareness Week across Canada and rise in solidarity with our many Ontario sisters and brothers who live with the debilitating reality of mental illness every day. In any given week, at least 500,000 employed Canadians are unable to work due to mental health challenges, with the stigma associated with…


OFL Letter to Ministers – Consultation on the Proposed Regulatory Approach to Asbestos

June 2, 2017 The Honourable Jane Philpott Minister of Health Health Canada The Honourable Catherine McKenna Minister of Environment and Climate Change Environment and Climate Change Canada The Honourable Kirsty Duncan Minister of Science Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada The Honourable Judy Foote Minister of Public Services and Procurement Public Services and Procurement Canada…


25 years since the Westray Mine explosion

Today we mark 25 years since the Nova Scotia Westray mine explosion, mourn the workers who died in that preventable accident, and vow to continue to fight for safe and healthy workplaces. In the early morning hours of May 9, 1992 an explosion shook the village of Plymouth in Pictou County, Nova Scotia. In an instant, the…


OFL Statement on the 2017 Day of Mourning

On April 28, thousands of workers, friends and families of those killed and injured on the job are gathering at ceremonies across Ontario to commemorate the labour movement’s most solemn occasion, the annual Day of Mourning. They are hearing speakers repeat our motto: “Mourn for the Dead, Fight for the Living” On this day, we…


International Migrants Day: OFL Statement for December 18, 2016

This December 18, the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) is recognizing International Migrants Day by calling on both Federal and Ontario governments to implement legislative reforms to put an end to exploitation and abuse of migrant workers. Canada’s unions believe that no matter where you’re from, if you work in Canada, you should be treated…


Safe workplaces for all: remove Schedule 16!

OFL Presentation to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs My name is Patty Coates and I am the Secretary-Treasurer of the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL). Also joining me today is Rob Halpin, Acting Director of Government Relations at the OFL. Special thank you to the clerk’s office – for their work in…


OFL Letter to Premier Kathleen Wynne on Domestic Violence leave: When you’re

View this letter as PDF Download the petition in support of Bill 26, Domestic and Sexual Violence Workplace Leave, Accommodation and Training Act, 201 November 2, 2016 The Honourable Kathleen Wynne Premier of Ontario Legislative Building Queen’s Park Toronto, ON M7A 1A1 Dear Premier Wynne, The evidence is clear maintaining stable employment is a key pathway…


Read the Fall issue of the Action Report

Download the fall issue of the Action Report here. LETTER FROM PRESIDENT CHRIS BUCKLEY Sisters and Brothers, I write this almost one year into the term of the OFL leadership. Since we began we have been working diligently to reinvigorate the OFL, and I am proud to say that our efforts are taking root. In…


Government investment in business must first consider health and safety records

September 15, 2016 The Honourable Kathleen Wynne Premier of Ontario Legislative Building Queen’s Park Toronto ON M7A 1A1 Re: Government investment in business must first consider health and safety records Dear Premier: I listened with great interest to the Speech from the Throne earlier this week as your government made the creation of good jobs a…