Premier Warns Of Big Fines As Ontario Launches Workplace Education and Enforcement Campaigns

Doug Ford Teachers LJI

A series of education and enforcement campaigns will be launched to make sure Ontario businesses are taking the necessary steps to guard against the spread of COVID-19.

The campaigns will support current efforts to educate businesses and enforce health and safety requirements – and employers will be asked to produce workplace safety plans to municipal bylaw officers.

More than 200 provincial offences officers will be carrying out the campaigns in strategic locations.

“The vast majority of Ontario businesses are following the rules and protecting their workers and customers – and we thank them for doing their part,” says Premier Doug Ford. “For the bad actors who are intentionally breaking the rules, I’m providing a fair warning. We’ll find you and slap you with a big fine. It’s that simple.”

Those found non-compliant with orders under the Reopening Ontario Act may be issued a ticket and a fine of up to $750.

Those prosecuted without issuing a ticket and on conviction, individuals could see a fine of up $100,000 while directors and officers of a corporation could be fined up to $500,000.

Anyone convicted of violating the Reopening Ontario Act may also receive up to a one-year prison sentence while the maximum fine under the act for a corporation stands at $10 million.