Unions decry lack of charges under ‘corporate killing’ law

But Bill C-45 prosecutions most likely reserved for outrageous violations
By Uyen Vu
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/14/2006

The calls are getting louder for police and prosecutors across the country to enforce a much-hailed law that makes it possible to criminally prosecute corporations and individuals for health and safety violations.

It has been more than two years since Bill C-45, known as the “corporate killing” law or the Westray bill, named for the 1992 mine explosion in Nova Scotia that killed 26 miners, came into force.

However, the only known charge laid under this law was eventually withdrawn. And union activists, particularly those who lobbied for the creation of the law, are growing impatient.