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New poll shows Ontarians are aware of right to refuse unsafe work

New poll shows Ontarians are aware of right to refuse unsafe work

TORONTO — According to a new Leger poll, Ontarians know their right to refuse unsafe work and most are taking the necessary action to address safety concerns.

The poll found 90 per cent of respondents said they were aware of their right to refuse unsafe work and when asked what they would do if they had a safety concern, 63 per cent said they would raise the concern with management, states a release issued by the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB).

The news comes as Canadians mark the Day of Mourning today (April 28), the third during the global COVID-19 pandemic. Last year in Ontario there were 319 work-related deaths recorded, including 86 related to COVID-19.

To commemorate the day and those who have lost their lives because of work, along with the loved ones left behind, the WSIB has created a Day of Mourning awareness campaign, which has been shared via radio, social media, and its website.

The campaign will culminate with various landmarks across the province being illuminated in yellow today including the CN Tower, Niagara Falls, London City Hall, Hamilton City Hall and the 3D Toronto sign at Nathan Phillips Square. A special two-minute Day of Mourning commemoration will also be broadcast during the evening newscasts on television stations across Ontario, featuring five Ontarians who have lost loved ones.

“As we mark the National Day of Mourning, it is good to see that people are thinking about health and safety in the workplace,” said Jeffery Lang, president and CEO of the WSIB, in a statement. “We can help Ontario businesses to create a safety plan that everyone knows and follows.

We are doing everything we can to amplify the message that almost every workplace fatality can be prevented and everyone deserves to arrive home safely. We keep working towards a day when we can report zero workplace fatalities.” For more information visit

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