Ontario Requiring Cleaner Washrooms on Construction Sites

Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development, was joined by Charmaine Williams, Associate Minister of Women’s Social and Economic Opportunity, to announce how the government is making washrooms on construction sites private, clean and safe.

The government is improving portable washrooms by requiring them to be private and completely enclosed, have adequate lighting and hand sanitizer (where running water is not reasonably possible). Additionally, the government is doubling the number of toilets on jobsites.

There are over 500,000 construction workers in Ontario, but only one in ten are women. These changes, if approved, would make the skilled trades more accessible to women by ensuring they have access to at least one women’s-only washroom on jobsites and properly fitting equipment such as uniforms, boots, and safety harnesses.

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