Courts across Canada have been imposing record high fines and sending business owners, managers and supervisors to jail for Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) contraventions. The Courts have also made it clear that it will be appropriate in some cases to impose a fine which has the effect of bankrupting an employer. A Court has also held that the Ministry of Labour itself could be liable to accident victims for damages resulting from negligent inspections.
On February 13, 2014, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice released its decision in Quinte v. Eastwood Mall and certified a class action against the owners of the Mall, the City of Elliot Lake and the Ontario Ministry of Labour. The action was brought by two business owners in the Mall.
Established in 1995, First Reference Inc. (known as La Référence in Quebec) provides Canadian organizations of any size with practical and authoritative resources to help ensure compliance.