[Canada] Labour Laws Tested By Increasing COVID-19 Work Refusal

25 JUN 2020

As the rollout of workplace reopenings continues, some Canadians are grappling with the question of whether it is actually safe to go back to work after months of listening to warning about the dangers. There are laws in all provinces allowing people to refuse dangerous work but a general fear of contracting COVID-19 is not a sufficient reason to say no.

Data on work refusals reported to provincial labour authorities demonstrate a spike in the number of people formally refusing to work on the grounds of dangerous conditions. However, hardly any of those work refusals have been upheld, possibly illustrating just how unprepared existing labour laws are for dealing with COVID-19. The process and its challenges are detailed by CBC.