FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 15, 2021
Ontario now recognizes fall protection training certificates from Newfoundland and Labrador workers
St. John’s, NL – As of January 1, 2021, workers with a valid fall protection training certificate issued by WorkplaceNL are permitted to work at heights in Ontario.
In Ontario, workers who use certain fall protection equipment on construction sites are required to complete working at heights training. Newfoundland and Labrador’s fall protection training is now an alternative to Ontario’s working at heights training.
Ontario’s regulatory amendment allows greater worker mobility and removes the need for duplicate training.
Workers and employers can find fall protection training courses, from WorkplaceNL-approved trainers, online through WorkplaceNL’s Certification Training Registry. Training certificates are valid for three years.
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Ontario regulation 751/20 made under the Occupational health and Safety Act – see sections 7(1)(b) and 8(3).
Ontario’s recognition of WorkplaceNL’s fall protection training will help to remove barriers to employment opportunities for apprentices and journeypersons. Our government and its partners continue to strengthen and modernize the province’s apprenticeship system to improve worker mobility, making it easier for skilled workers to progress in their careers and meet the construction industry’s needs.
– Honourable Gerry Byrne, Minister Responsible for WorkplaceNL
We are pleased to have worked with the Ontario government to remove barriers for rotational workers and multi-provincial employers while maintaining high standards for workplace safety. Another province’s trust in our rigorous fall protection training program speaks highly of the quality of the instructors and training providers in our province, and in our workers’ safety skills.
– Dennis Hogan, CEO, WorkplaceNL
This announcement certainly demonstrates confidence in the quality of training programs being delivered in Newfoundland and Labrador. The NLCSA and our partners have been advocating for greater training harmonization across the country and this is a great first step. Congratulations to WorkplaceNL, the Government of Ontario and to the many construction employers and workers who will benefit from this decision.
– Jackie Manuel, CEO, Newfoundland and Labrador Construction Safety Association
Serving approximately 215,000 workers and 18,000 employers, WorkplaceNL administers an employer-funded, no-fault workers’ compensation system that promotes safe and healthy workplaces, provides return-to-work programs and offers compensation to injured workers and their dependents.
Carla Riggs, Director of Communications, WorkplaceNL
709.778.1590 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Tammy McCabe, Manager Communications and Industry Relations, Newfoundland and Labrador Construction Safety Association
709.739.7000 ext. 209, email@example.com