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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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Ontario Hikes Corporate OHSA Penalties to Highest in Canada

On October 26, 2023, Bill 79, the Working for Workers Act, 2023 received Royal Assent. Included in legislative changes made by the Bill is an amendment to subsection 66(1) of the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act that increases the maximum fine that can be imposed on a corporation from $1.5 million to $2 million. This is now the highest corporate fine available for a conviction under health and safety legislation in Canada. In this Advisor, we comment on and analyze this most recent increase in maximum fines in Ontario.

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