Are you an employer here in Canada? Do you hire a significant number of Canadian youth? If so, the following information and resources are right for you!

Employer Responsibilities

As an employer, you play an important role in preventing workplace accidents and injuries, and promoting safe and healthy workplaces.

These responsibilities and obligations fall under Part II of the Canada Labour Code and apply to workplaces under federal jurisdiction only.

Employers must ensure that employees have the necessary information, training and supervision to perform their jobs safely. Managers, supervisors, health and safety committees and representatives must also understand their roles and responsibilities under the Code.

Additional areas of employer obligations and responsibilities under the Code include investigations, inspections, accident reporting, and the Hazard Prevention Program.

Information, Training, and Supervision

As an employer, you must ensure that employees have the necessary information, training, and supervision to perform their work safely. This includes:

  • an appropriate understanding of overall work safety procedures;
  • knowledge of the safe use of workplace tools and equipment;
  • awareness of known or foreseeable workplace hazards; and
  • (whenever possible) training sessions should include documentation.

You must also ensure that health and safety committees/representatives understand their duties with respect to:

  • maintaining regular meetings (this applies to committees only);
  • conducting monthly inspections; and
  • participating in accident investigations and job hazard analyses.

In addition, you must ensure that managers and supervisors understand their duties related to the internal complaint resolution process, refusals to work, and accident investigations and reporting.

Employer Investigations

Under Part II of the Canada Labour Code, employers are required to protect the health and safety of employees at work, by ensuring that employee complaints, including refusals to work, and accidents and injuries are properly investigated.


Regular inspections help ensure that occupational health and safety hazards are addressed before they result in possible injuries. Part II of the Canada Labour Code requires the health and safety committee/representative to carry out monthly inspections in the workplace in whole or in part.

In the event that a hazard is identified, and the committee/representative is not authorized to remove it, recommendations must be forwarded to the employer.

The employer is required to provide a written response to the committee/representative within 30 days on how the issue will be resolved.

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Employer Resource - Before You Hire

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