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Ontario Court of Appeal Holds that the “Owner” of a Construction Project Can Be Considered an “Employer” Under OHSA

July 29, 2021

Recently, a decision of the Ontario Court of Appeal held that an “owner” of a construction project can also be considered an “employer” with obligations to ensure safety on the project, even in circumstances where it does not employ or exercise control over workers performing the construction work on the project.

This decision has significant implications under the Occupational Health & Safety Act (OHSA) for owners and employers responsible for construction projects. 

For more information about this decision, please follow the link below to an article by Hicks Hicks Morley Hamilton Stewart Storie LLP:

Ontario Court of Appeal Holds “Owner” of a Construction Project can be Considered an “Employer” Under OHSA (

The MEA is interested in learning what actions your municipality may be taking with regard to this decision, and whether we may share it with our membership.  Please email