Ontario Putting the Heel to High Heels at Work

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TORONTO — Liberal MPP Cristina Martins (Davenport) will formally introduce a private members bill that will change the Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act so employers cannot force workers to wear high heels at work.

According to the Toronto Star, the “Putting Your Best Foot Forward Act 2017” follows the lead of British Columbia, which amended its existing footwear regulation (section 8.22) of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation, under the Workers Compensation Act in April — effectively banning mandatory high heels in the workplace.

According to a release put out by Martins’ office, the current Act states that footwear protections, “deal with confined spaces, construction projects, health care, residential facilities, industrial establishments, mines and mining plants, which ensure workers who may be susceptible to specific hazards or foot injury in these workplaces are protected by these regulations.”

The proposed change to Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act would enhance the protections for workers so all workers in the province could no longer be “required to wear unsafe footwear as part of dress or uniform codes.”