Ontario Government Funds Safety Measures for Forestry Jobs

Ontario Government Funds Safety Measures for Forestry Jobs

Forestry businesses, which were declared essential in Canada, will receive support from the Ontario government to aid in workplace safety.

The government in Ontario, Canada announced on January 6 that it is investing $5.3 million to assist forest sector businesses with the cost of coronavirus safety measures.

The investment is funded through the federal Forest Sector Safety Measures Fund, which was introduced on July 10, 2020. The $5.3 million will be used to set up sanitation stations, enhanced cleaning, worker training, measures to increase social distancing and the purchase of PPE.

“Protecting workers in our forest sector was one of the federal government’s early commitments during the pandemic,” said Seamus O’Regan, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources. “We said we would be there for Canadians through COVID-19 and we are delivering.”

The forest industry was deemed an essential sector in Canada due to its role in supplying forest products that are essential for things like hygiene, medical supplies, food packaging and shipping materials.

More information on the program and terms of eligibility can be found at ontario.ca.

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Nikki Johnson-Bolden is an Associate Content Editor for Occupational Health & Safety.

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