Maximum Fines Increased Under Occupational Health and Safety in Ontario, Canada
Occupational Health and Safety sent out a news release on December 20th, 2017, which informed the public that as of December 14th, 2017 the maximum fines for an offence under the Occupational Health and Safety, had increased.
The increased as follows:
$25,000 to $100,000 for an individual or unincorporated business (which had not changed since 1979)
$500,000 to $1,500,000 for corporations (which had not changed since 1990)
Also, Ontario changed the time limit to allow for prosecution. The time limit changed from one year form the date of the offence, to one year from the date the inspector became aware of the alleged offence.
Hopefully these increased fines and new time limit will help keep workers safe throughout the province of Ontario.
You can read the full release at https://news.ontario.ca/mol/en/2017/12/ontario-enhancing-workplace-health-and-safety.html