New Canada Bill Looks To Create Registry of Workplace Hazards

Published: June 28, 2016

In Canada, a private member’s bill, supported by SMART and the Canadian Building and Construction Trades, has passed its first reading. The bill, C-292, would amend the Canadian Labour Code to require the Minister of Labour to maintain a registry containing information reported by employers about accidents, occupational diseases, and other hazardous occurrences.

This bill would require employers to report information about all accidents, occupational disease, and other hazardous occurrences known by the employer to the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour.

According to James Jackson, SMART Director of Canadian Affairs, “this bill will bring change that positively impacts workers by giving them access to information about hazards they are exposed to at work.  This has been a long time coming.”