Ontario launches construction advisory panel

To discuss issues such as injury prevention, new technologies

Ontario launches construction advisory panel

In partnership with the construction industry, the Government of Ontario has established a new advisory panel to cover topics such as health and safety and labour laws.

"Construction is a vital engine of growth for our economy, creating good quality jobs across our province. That's why it's important that we listen to and work closely with our construction partners," said Minister of Labour Monte McNaughton. "This is an opportunity for the construction sector to bring their issues, concerns and changing trends directly to me and our ministry."

The panel will be made up of between eight to 12 members, the government said, with at least one employee or employer from the industrial, commercial and institutional sector; at least two employees or employers from the six other sectors of the construction industry; and at least two employees or employers from labour groups or associations.

The panel will also discuss employment law, the rise of new equipment and technologies and injury prevention.

Approximately 525,000 Ontario workers are employed in the construction industry.