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Ontario Bill to extend protection of OHSA to unpaid trainees

By Adrian Miedema

A new Ontario Bill will give unpaid trainees the protection of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA). The OHSA currently gives that protection to paid workers only. The current definition of ‘worker’ under the OHSA is ‘a person who performs work or supplies services for monetary compensation’.

Under Bill 18, the OHSA’s definition of ‘worker’ will be expanded to include unpaid high-school, college and university students in certain approved programmes, as well as certain unpaid trainees receiving training for their own benefit and not for the benefit of the employer…

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