Ontario sues Maple Leafs’ owner for costs of treating abuse victims

Legal action raises possibility that OHIP could file similar lawsuits against employers for the cost of mental health treatment
By Uyen Vu
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 08/29/2006

The Ontario government has filed a $1.5-million lawsuit against Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment to recoup the costs of treating victims of sexual abuse that took place at Toronto’s hockey shrine.

The lawsuit was filed in late December by Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long-term Care. It drew on a law allowing the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) to recover the costs of treating personal injuries that are the result of the negligence or a wrongful act or an omission of another.

The province has been building the case over a number of years, said ministry spokesperson David Jensen. “We’ve been made aware of about 40 individual cases and we’ve then consolidated the claims.”