The Minister of Labour and Haliburton’s representative in Queen’s Park says Health and Safety training is being refreshed.

Laurie Scott announced last week that the province has brought “Health and Safety training into the 21st century”. According to the Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock MPP, this means that businesses and employers no longer have to send staff to a five-day course.

Scott says that sending workers away for five days was unfair to families while being costly for job creators. Scott explains that these changes would reportedly save Ontario businesses $5 million per year.

Minister Scott details the changes to the training, saying it will allow workers to do the first part of the training process entirely online. As well the changes reduce the requirements needed and extended the time allowed for the second part of training.

businesses will no longer have to pay travel and accommodations for their employees explains Scott who says “I am committed to creating fair and competitive processes for business, dynamic labour markets and safe workplaces for every worker in Ontario.”

Scott’s office says this will impact roughly 50,000 businesses across the province.