Premier Doug Ford announced today the provincial government is launching inspection blitzes in strategic locations across the province to stop the spread of COVID-19.
The education and enforcement campaigns are meant to ensure businesses are following proper COVID-19 health and safety requirements, says Ford.
Officers will be asking employers to produce their workplace safety plans.
Under the Reopening Ontario Act, a person or business not found compliant with orders could be ticketed with a fine of $750 fine. Where prosecuted without issuing a ticket and on conviction, individuals could be fined up to $100,000, and directors and officers of a corporation could be fined up to $500,000. Any individual convicted of an offence under the Reopening Ontario Act could also receive a term of imprisonment of up to one year. The maximum fine for a corporation convicted is $10,000,000.
According to a press release issued by the province today, the most common areas of non-compliance during all campaigns to date have been improper mask use, lack of screening, and improper sanitization.
A campaign is currently underway in Waterloo Region and additional campaigns are being planned for seven new communities including Eastern Ontario, York Region, Ottawa and Toronto.
Premier Doug Ford is slated to make an announcement this afternoon related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Today's announcement comes one day after confirming his government will be revealing further health measures to stop the spread of COVID-19. Ford has hinted the announcement will come on Friday.
Ford will be joined by Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development, and Dr. David Williams, Chief Medical Office of Health, to make the announcement.
Village Media will carry the livestream, so stay tuned.