Canada Gazette Notices

Proposed regulations are published in the Canada Gazette Part I allowing Canadians and relevant stakeholders to provide comments. Comments are made to the government department or agency responsible for the proposed regulations, before they are enacted and then published in Part II. The name and contact information of the person responsible for the proposed regulations is found at the end of each regulatory impact analysis statement that accompanies the proposed regulations.

The following items relating to the Labour Program's mandate have recently been published in the Canada Gazette.

  • Amendments to the Regulations Amending the Canada Occupational Health and Safety Regulations (Miscellaneous Program) and to the Regulations Amending the Oil and Gas Occupational Safety and Health Regulations (Miscellaneous Program)
    – June 2014

    Regulations Amending the Canada Occupational Health and Safety Regulations (Miscellaneous Program)
    These amendments were published in the Canada Gazette, Part II on June 18, 2014 (Vol. 148, No. 13 pages 1712 to 1713)

    Regulations Amending the Oil and Gas Occupational Safety and Health Regulations (Miscellaneous Program)
    These amendments were published in the Canada Gazette, Part II on June 18, 2014 (Vol. 148, No. 13 pages 1700 to 1711)

    The objectives of the Regulations Amending the Canada Occupational Health and Safety Regulations (Miscellaneous Program) and the Regulations Amending the Oil and Gas Occupational Safety and Health Regulations (Miscellaneous Program) are to:

    • correct inconsistencies between French and English versions of the regulations;
    • correct unclear language to ensure that legal obligations are well understood;
    • correct an ambiguity introduced by recent amendments to Part II of the COHSR; and
    • correct an erroneous reference to a section in OGOSHR.

    Stakeholders are invited to read the respective regulations for an in-depth description of the changes made.

  • Proposed amendments to the On Board Trains Occupational Safety and Health Regulations
    – April 2014

    Amendments are proposed to the On Board Trains Occupational Safety and Health Regulations in order to reduce the injury rates of on-board train employees; align the regulations with the Canada Occupational Health and Safety Regulations (COHSR), which apply to off-board employees; and address concerns of the Standing Joint Committee for the Scrutiny of Regulations.

    The proposed amendments are made under Part II of the Canada Labour Code, and prescribe occupational health and safety standards for federally regulated businesses in the rail sector. While similar to the COHSR, the proposed amendments take into account the particular characteristics of the train as a workplace to better protect the health and safety of employees (e.g. railway engineers, railway conductors, brakemen, and passenger train customer service personnel).

    The substantial amendments to the regulations include amending sound levels to which employees may be exposed; adding a new requirement that the employer is to introduce engineering controls to reduce employee exposure to noise; and incorporating hazard and violence prevention program requirements.

    The proposed regulations were published in the Canada Gazette, Part I on April 12, 2014 (Vol. 148, No. 15 pages 867 – 908.

    Members of the public have 30 days to submit their comments. For more information, please consult the Canada Gazette.

  • Proposed Policy Committees, Work Place Committees and Health and Safety Representatives Regulations to replace the Safety and Health Committees and Representatives Regulations
    – June 2013

    As currently written, the Safety and Health Committees and Representatives Regulations (SHCRR) do not address the following elements added to the Canada Labour Code (Code) in 2000:

    • the components of the health and safety training program now required by the Code;
    • specific standards respecting the administration of policy committees; and
    • some minor editorial and administrative changes, such as changing some of the terminology (e.g. "safety and health" to "health and safety" and "chairman" to "chairperson").

    The objectives of the proposed Regulations are to:

    • reduce accidents, illnesses and fatalities in federally regulated work places by improving the capacity of policy committees, work place committees and health and safety representatives to identify and address hazards in the work place;
    • harmonize the SHCRR with the Code;
    • provide more direction on administrative procedures and requirements regarding the policy committees, work place committees and health and safety representatives; and
    • ensure the SHCRR are up to date with the current practices and procedures in other jurisdictions.

    The proposed Regulations were pre-published in the Canada Gazette, Part I on June 8, 2013 (Vol. 147, No. 23 pages 1406 to 1420). For more information, please consult the Canada Gazette.

  • Amendments to the Canada Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, Part XVI; the Maritime Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, Part 6; and the Aviation Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, Part 9
    – April 2013
    • Part XVI (First Aid) of the Canada Occupational Health and Safety Regulations (COHSR)
    • Part 6 (Medical Care) of the Maritime Occupational Health and Safety Regulations (MOHSR)
    • Part 9 (First Aid) of the Aviation Occupational Health and Safety Regulations (AOHSR)

    The amendments were published in the Canada Gazette, Part II on December 19, 2012 (Vol. 146, No. 26, pages 2863 to 2869).

    The objective of these amendments is to repeal the requirement for organizations to seek the Minister of Labour's approval to deliver first-aid courses. The onus will be on the employer to ensure that the first-aid training program is given by a qualified person who holds valid certification from an approved organization attesting that he or she is competent to deliver such training. The definition of "approved organization" is modified to state that any organization approved at the provincial or territorial level to deliver first-aid training is considered approved under federal jurisdiction.

    Pre-publication of the proposed regulations was published in the June 16, 2012 edition of the Canada Gazette, Part I (Vol. 146, No. 24 pages 1611 to 1616). Members of the public had 30 days to submit comments.

  • Amendments to the Canada Occupational Health and Safety Regulations (COHSR) Part II (Permanent Structures) and Part X (Hazardous Substances)
    – October 2011

    The objectives of these amendments are to further clarify the intent of the COHSR, to provide specific direction and to correct a grammatical error. The changes are administrative in nature and are required in order to address the concerns of the Standing Joint Committee for the Scrutiny of Regulations. The amendments were published in the Canada Gazette, Part II on October 12, 2011 (Vol. 145, No. 21, pages 2032 to 2035).

  • Amendments to the Aviation Occupational Health and Safety Regulations
    – April 2011

    Amendments to the Aviation Occupational Health and Safety Regulations were published in the Canada Gazette Part II on April 13, 2011 (Vol. 145, No. 8, pages 899 to 938).

    The amendments are intended to ensure consistency between the Aviation Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, the Canada Occupational Health and Safety Regulations (COHSR) and the Canadian Aviation Regulations.

    The amendments were made under Part II of the Canada Labour Code and prescribe health and safety standards for federally regulated employers in the aviation sector. While similar to the COHSR, the amendments take into account the particular characteristics of the aircraft as a workplace to better protect the health and safety of employees (i.e. transport cabin crew members, including pilots and flight attendants).

    The most significant amendments were to the first aid requirements in order to make these requirements more industry-specific. The amendments have modified the provision of first aid kits (i.e. a greater quantity of kits with fewer prescribed items in them would be required), as well as requirements for first aid training (i.e. a qualified first aid attendant would only be required on board an aircraft operating with three or more employees, where at least one employee is not a flight crew member).

    Other amendments include the provision of more adequate sanitary conditions for employees working on board aircraft in operation; enhanced protection regarding noise reduction; electrical safety; materials handling and deficiencies in reporting procedures.

    Pre-publication of the proposed regulations was published in the September 19, 2009 edition of the Canada Gazette, Part I (Vol. 143, No. 38 pages 2749 to 2786). Members of the public had 75 days to submit comments.

  • New Maritime Occupational Health and Safety Regulations
    – June 2010

    New Maritime Occupational Health and Safety Regulations were published in the Canada Gazette, Part II on June 23, 2010 (Vol. 144, No. 13, pages 1047 to 1142).

    The new Maritime Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, which are currently in force, replace the previous Marine Occupational Safety and Health Regulations.

    The Regulations were made under Part II of the Canada Labour Code and prescribe health and safety standards for federally regulated employers in the marine sector to protect the health and safety of their employees on board vessels. The Regulations set similar standards as those set out in the COHSR, but take into account the particular characteristics of vessels as a workplace.

    The previous Regulations, which came into force in 1987, needed to be reviewed and updated in order to be consistent with the COHSR, with other regulations made under the Canada Shipping Act, 2001, and with certain provisions of the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006.

    More specifically, the new Regulations include the following:

    • the addition of provisions currently contained in the COHSR pertaining to the Hazard Prevention Program and Violence Prevention in the Work Place;
    • the updating of references to the Canada Shipping Act, 2001 regulations and the incorporation of certain provisions related to occupational health and safety that are contained in the Crew Accommodation Regulations, the Towboat Crew Accommodation Regulations, the Safe Working Practices Regulations and the Tackle Regulations; and
    • the inclusion of certain provisions derived from the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006, "Title 3. Accommodation, recreational facilities, food and catering" and "Title 4. Health protection, medical care, welfare and social security protection."

    The proposed Regulations were pre-published in the August 22, 2009 edition of the Canada Gazette, Part I (Vol. 143, No. 34, pages 2535 to 2620). Members of the public had 30 days to submit comments.

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