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Ministry of Labour fines and penalties 2023

The construction industry in Ontario is heavily regulated, with fines, penalties, and liabilities in place to ensure safety and compliance with regulations. In 2023, fines for safety violations range from $500 to $1.5 million, depending on the severity of the violation. Repeat offenders face higher fines and can even face imprisonment.

What are the maximum fines under the OHSA for a convicted offence?

  • a fine of up to $500,000 for all other persons (worker / supervisor) and/or up to 12 months imprisonment
  • a fine of up to $1,500,000 for directors and officers of corporations and/or up to 12 months imprisonment
  • a fine of up to $1,500,000 for a corporation

The Ministry of Labour is responsible for enforcing these fines and penalties. In addition to fines, contractors and employers can face other liabilities, such as increased insurance premiums or legal action from injured workers or their families.

The most common safety violations in the construction industry include failure to wear proper PPE, lack of fall protection, and unsafe operation of equipment. These violations not only put workers at risk but can also lead to project delays and increased costs for contractors.

To avoid fines, penalties, and liabilities, contractors and employers must ensure their workers are properly trained and equipped to work safely. Regular safety audits and inspections can also help identify potential hazards and prevent accidents from occurring.

Overall, the fines, penalties, and liabilities in the construction industry in Ontario serve as an important reminder that safety must always be a top priority. By prioritizing safety, contractors and employers can protect their workers, avoid costly fines, and ensure the success of their projects.