On November 19, 2020, the government of Ontario announced that it is undertaking a series of education and enforcement campaigns to promote compliance with COVID-19 health and safety requirements. Over 1,000 businesses have been visited by enforcement officers to date. Currently, the safety campaign has focused on education rather than ticketing, but businesses should be aware that they could be liable for fines ranging from $750 to $10,000,000 for noncompliance with the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020. Upcoming campaigns are planned for Eastern Ontario, York Region, Ottawa, and Toronto.
For more information, see the government’s press release.