Think Tank Report Critical of Federal Occupational Health & Safety Enforcement

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, an independent, non-profit research organization, has released a report titled “Success is No Accident: Declining Workplace Safety Among Federal Jurisdiction Employers”1 (the “Report”), criticizing the federal government’s efforts to ensure the health and safety of workers in the federal jurisdiction. It is still too early to determine the full implications of the Report; however, federal sector trade unions and workers’ rights advocacy groups are likely to use the Report to lobby for reform in monitoring, inspection and enforcement of federal workplace health and safety. If they are successful, this Report could provide the basis for the next significant evolution in workplace health and safety enforcement in Canada.