Human Resources and Social Development Canada

Human Resources and Social Development Canada

January 21, 2008 11:24 ET

Minister Blackburn Proposes New Regulations to Prevent Workplace Violence

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 21, 2008) - The Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of Labour and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, today announced proposed violence prevention in the workplace regulations under the Canada Labour Code.

"Canadians will not tolerate violence of any kind in the workplace," said Minister Blackburn. "The proposed regulations are a positive step to improving employee safety by giving the parties the tools to prevent, and protect against, violence in the workplace."

The proposed regulations will define workplace violence and will include the requirement to develop a policy for the prevention of violence in the workplace. There will be a requirement for identification, assessment and control of hazards, training of employees and procedures for responding to, as well as recording and investigating, acts of violence.

Workplace violence is an issue of concern to many Canadians. In addition to the human suffering caused by incidences of violence, there are economic costs as well. A number of jurisdictions have recently made either regulatory or operational changes or are considering addressing workplace violence through their respective occupational health and safety or employment standards legislation.

The process for establishing new regulations includes publication of the proposed regulations in the Canada Gazette Part I followed by an opportunity for comments. Regulations come into force on the day that they are registered for final publication in Part II of the Canada Gazette. Members of the public have 75 days, until February 28, 2008, to submit comments on the proposed violence prevention in the workplace regulations to the Labour Program.

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Contact Information

  • Human Resources and Social Development Canada
    Media Relations Office
    Office of Minister Blackburn
    Michael Winterburn