In Ontario, the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development is responsible for enforcing occupational health and safety laws and regulations. The ministry has the authority to issue fines and penalties to employers who violate these laws and put their workers at risk.

As of 2022, Ontario has increased the maximum fines for workplace safety violations to:

  • $1.5 million for corporations,
  • a fine of up to $1,500,000 for directors and officers of corporations, and/or up to 12 months imprisonment,
  • and $500,000 and up to 12 months imprisonment for individuals.

These fines are the highest in Canada and are meant to act as a deterrent to employers who do not take workplace safety seriously.

The increased fines come as part of the government’s efforts to improve workplace safety in the province. Employers are required to take all reasonable precautions to ensure the safety of their workers. Failure to do so can result in fines, legal action, and damage to a company’s reputation.

In addition to fines, the ministry can also issue stop-work orders or even pursue criminal charges if a violation is serious enough. Employers are encouraged to take workplace safety seriously and take all necessary steps to protect their workers from harm.

Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development, called the legislation “historic” and a “significant win” for workers.