More inspectors, fines needed

Ontario workers waiting for $15 million in unpaid wages
By Sarah Dobson
||Last Updated: 05/26/2008

Ontario needs to beef up the number of employment standards inspectors and the number of workplace inspections, according to a group that advocates for workers in low-wage and unstable employment.

In 2005-2006, there were 11,358 claims for $37 million in unpaid wages but $15.7 million has yet to be paid out, according to government data. Of those claims, 332 fines were issued and only four companies and two directors were prosecuted, paying fines of $55,900.