COVID-19 Tip #12: Government Guidance for Re-opening Workplaces (Part II)

Further to an earlier post regarding Alberta and Quebec, here is the latest in a series of posts regarding government guidance setting out what businesses need to do to keep employees and customers safe.  This post includes information on the regulatory guidance from Ontario and British Columbia.


Ontario has published sector-specific guidance from the Ministry of Labour, which includes best practices and posters, for the following industries:

  • construction,
  • food processing,
  • restaurants and food services,
  • manufacturing,
  • agriculture,
  • long term care sectors.

In addition, and health and safety associations have published guidance for:

  • agriculture,
  • automobile,
  • child care,
  • conservation,
  • commercial industrial,
  • construction,
  • corrections,
  • film/tv,
  • firefighters,
  • food and general retail,
  • forestry,
  • funeral,
  • golf,
  • health care,
  • maintenance,
  • manufacturing,
  • mining,
  • office,
  • parks and recreation,
  • personal and animal services,
  • police,
  • restaurants,
  • social services,
  • tourism and hospitality,
  • transit and transportation
  • utilities.

Also see the Ontario government information for finding  personal protective equipment suppliers.

British Columbia

WorkSafeBC has published industry-specific guidance for the next phase of the restart of British Columbia’s economy.

Building on WorkSafeBC’s general guide for returning to safe operations, each of the industry guides (listed below) include safety protocols specific to the risks of each workplace.

Also see: British Columbia’s Restart Plan, which outlines four phases for reopening its economy and includes sector-specific guides for a range of workplaces.

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