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Is Everyone Who Employs Anyone Responsible for Everything Anyone Does? Maybe. SCC Splits on Scope of Owner / Employer OHSA Obligations on Construction Projects

The Supreme Court of Canada has released its long-awaited decision in R. v. Greater Sudbury (City). The Court has split 4:4 on its decision, reflecting a strongly divided opinion on a complex area of OHS law regarding the role and duties of owners and, more broadly, employers on a construction project. While the City of Greater Sudbury’s appeal is dismissed as a result, the decision raises significant questions for all owners and employers tasked with managing risk in a multi-employer workspace. This Advisor provides a summary of the Supreme Court’s decision, and discusses its potential implications.

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