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Canada Labour Code

Division 5 amends Part II of the Canada Labour Code, to ensure that employees and employers remain at the forefront of resolving occupational health and safety issues.

Over 80% of refusals to work in the last 10 years – from 2003 to 2013 – have been determined to be situations of no danger, even after appeals. By clarifying the definition of “danger” employees and employers will be better able to deal with health and safety issues through the Internal Responsibility System.

Employees would retain their fundamental right to refuse dangerous work, while at the same time ensuring that the work refusal process is balanced and clear. The new process would enhance the internal responsibility system and ensure that work place parties assess and address occupational heath and safety issues effectively, efficiently and in a collaborative manner.

By strengthening the internal responsibility system, the Government will be able to improve its focus on critical issues that affect the health and safety of Canadians in the work place.

This measure also makes amendments to provide the Minister with greater enforcement oversight of the Canada Labour Code. This would provide health and safety officers with the additional support they need in making decisions and issuing directions, which would enhance the quality and consistency of these decisions, as well as improve the overall safety of Canadian workplaces.

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