As announced today by the Ontario Ministry of Labour, the Ontario government has passed theEmployment and Labour Statute Amendment Act, 2015 (the "ELSA"), which amends each of theWorkplace Safety and Insurance Act (the "WSIA"), the Fire Prevention and Protection Act and the Public Sector Labour Relations Act.

Among the changes introduced by the ELSA:

  • An increase in the maximum corporate penalty under the WSIA from $100,000 to $500,000; and
  • It is now an offence to attempt to prevent an employee from reporting a workplace injury or illness to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board.

This is yet another in a recent wave of amendments to legislation aimed at providing greater protections to employees in Ontario.

To read the Ministry of Labour's full news release, click here.