Naloxone Kit and Training Provisions in the Occupational Health and Safety Act

Ontario is taking action to save lives and address the risk of opioid overdoses in the workplace through legislation and a first-of-its-kind Workplace Naloxone Program.

Starting on June 1, 2023, workplaces at risk of a worker opioid overdose will be required to have naloxone kits available and staff trained to use them (OHSA Sec. 25.2).  Ministry guidance is available at with information on whether these requirements may apply to your workplace.

Workplace Naloxone Program (WNP)

On December 14, 2022, the Minister of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development (MLITSD) announced the Workplace Naloxone Program. Ontario’s Workplace Naloxone Program will provide initial support to up to 22,500 employers – who are required to comply with the naloxone requirements in the OHSA – by providing free naloxone training for up to two (2) workers per workplace and/or one (1) free nasal spray naloxone kit per workplace.

The MLITSD will be partnering with three (3) program providers to help deliver the Workplace Naloxone Program:

  • St. John Ambulance Canada
  • The Canadian Red Cross
  • Emergent BioSolutions Canada, Inc.

These organizations are uniquely positioned to deliver this program due to their expertise and experience in delivering high-quality naloxone training and distributing naloxone kits.

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