Lone Worker Legislation & Policy in Canada

Here are the lone working and work alone acts and regulations found in Canada. We cover all the lone worker policy and legislation we have found for Canada, including the guidence from The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS).

The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) (the national agency covering worker protection in Canada) definition of a lone worker states; ‘A person is “alone” at work when they are on their own; when they cannot be seen or heard by another person’.

Although there are no federal laws relating specifically to lone worker monitoring, there is one aspect of federal legislation that employers need to be aware of: Bill C-45. Put in place in 2004, this Bill amended the Canadian Criminal Code by establishing new legal duties for workplace health and safety, by imposing serious penalties for violations that result in injuries or death.

Regulations are complicated by the fact that there are fourteen jurisdictions – one federal, ten provincial and three territorial. Some of the provinces in Canada have enacted legislation regarding employer’s responsibility towards Lone Workers by having their governments create health and safety legislation. The legislations outline the general rights and responsibilities of the employer, the supervisor and the worker. Ontario, Nova Scotia and Yukon have no lone worker specific regulations. Therefore, it is important employers are aware of local conditions when creating their own lone working policies.

The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety have a very helpful web page regarding lone workers; https://www.ccohs.ca/oshanswers/hsprograms/workingalone.html

British Columbia lone worker legislation and regulations

Legislation for Lone Working in British Columbia

Information about British Columbia lone worker legislation and regulations

Alberta lone worker legislation and regulations

Legislation for Lone Working in Alberta

Information about Alberta lone worker legislation and regulations

Quebec lone worker legislation and regulations

Legislation for Lone Working in Quebec

Information about Quebec lone worker legislation and regulations

Saskatchewan lone worker legislation and regulations

Legislation for Lone Working in Saskatchewan

Information about Saskatchewan lone worker legislation and regulations

Manitoba lone worker legislation and regulations

Legislation for Lone Working in Manitoba

Information about Manitoba lone worker legislation and regulations

Ontario and Nova Scotia lone worker legislation and regulations

Legislation for Lone Working in Ontario and Nova Scotia

Information about Ontario and Nova Scotia lone worker legislation and regulations

Information about Yukon lone worker legislation and regulations

Legislation for Lone Working in Yukon

Information about Yukon lone worker legislation and regulations

The Northwest Territories and Nunavut lone worker legislation and regulations

Northwest Territories and Nunavut Safety Act

Information about The Northwest Territories and Nunavut lone worker legislation

Newfoundland and Labrador lone worker legislation and regulations

Legislation for Lone Working in Newfoundland and Labrador

Information about Newfoundland and Labrador lone worker legislation and regulations

New Brunswick lone worker legislation and regulations

Legislation for Lone Working in New Brunswick

Information about New Brunswick lone worker legislation and regulations

Newfoundland and Labrador lone worker legislation and regulations

Legislation for Lone Working on Prince Edward Island

Information about Prince Edward Island lone worker legislation and regulations