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Overview

An administrative penalty is a monetary penalty issued by Alberta Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) for non-compliance with OHS legislation.

Preventive in nature, penalties encourage compliance and are issued by OHS for serious or repeated non-compliance with OHS legislation.

When an OHS officer observes a contravention of OHS legislation or non-compliance with an order, acceptance or approval at a work site, the officer may refer a regulated work site party for an administrative penalty.

Penalty amounts

Administrative penalty amounts are a maximum of $10,000 per day, per contravention.

Who can receive penalties

Administrative penalties can be issued to any work site party listed under part 1 of the OHS Act:

  • prime contractors
  • contracting employers
  • employers
  • workers
  • suppliers
  • supervisors
  • service providers
  • owners
  • temporary staffing agencies

How penalties are determined

Administrative penalties are determined by OHS on a case-by-case basis. Some of the factors that are considered in deciding an administrative penalty are:

  • the severity of the contravention
  • risk of harm resulting from the contravention
  • the compliance history of the work site party, including:
    • orders
    • violation tickets
    • other interactions with OHS
  • whether there is a demonstrated commitment to health and safety

How penalties are issued

OHS follows the principles of administrative fairness in issuing administrative penalties, including providing notice in writing of the penalty and offering recipients the opportunity to appeal an action with Alberta Labour Relations Board.

Disclaimer: In case of any inconsistency between this information and the OHS Act, Regulation or Code, the legislation will always prevail.

Administrative penalties issued

  • 2023

    Penalized: Ponoka Stampede and Exhibition Association
    Sector: Exhibition associations
    Location: Ponoka
    Date penalty laid: April 2, 2023
    Amount of penalty: $5,000
    Violation: Section 3(1) OHS Act

    Penalized: Ken Van Raay Inc.
    Sector: Feed lots
    Location: Lethbridge
    Date penalty laid: March 13, 2023
    Amount of penalty: $5,000
    Violation: Section 3(1) OHS Act

  • 2022

    Penalized: Synergy Projects Ltd.
    Sector: Construction
    Location: Edmonton
    Date penalty laid: December 13, 2022
    Amount of penalty: $5,000
    Violation: Section 33(9) OHS Act

    Penalized: Standard General Inc.
    Sector: Road construction
    Location: Calgary
    Date penalty laid: December 12, 2022
    Amount of penalty: $2,500
    Violation: Section 194(1) OHS Code

    Penalized: IMT Standen’s GP Inc. o/a Standen’s Ltd.
    Sector: Manufacturing
    Location: Calgary
    Date penalty laid: November 8, 2022
    Amount of penalty: $10,000
    Violation: Section 310(2) OHS Code

    Penalized: Bond Camp Maintenance & Plumbing Ltd.
    Sector: Oilfield, construction camp maintenance
    Location: County of Grande Prairie
    Date penalty laid: October 18, 2022
    Amount of penalty: $2,500
    Violation: Section 33(1) OHS Act

    Penalized: Sead Cehic
    Sector: Construction trade services
    Location: Edmonton
    Date penalty laid: June 10, 2022
    Amount of penalty: $500
    Violation: Section 36(1) OHS Code

    Penalized: Marmit Plastics
    Sector: Manufacturing
    Location: Grande Prairie
    Date penalty laid: June 6, 2022
    Amount of penalty: $3,025
    Violation: Section 21(1) OHS Code

    Penalized: Dennis’ Dirtworx Ltd.
    Sector: Mobile equipment operations
    Location: Coaldale
    Date penalty laid: June 3, 2022
    Amount of penalty: $1,000
    Violation: Section 448(1) OHS Code

  • 2021

    Penalized: Tourmaline Oil Corp
    Sector: Upstream oil and gas
    Location: Calgary
    Date penalty laid: December 10, 2021
    Amount of penalty: $10,000
    Violation: Section 10(5) OHS Code

    Penalized: Solution Services Ltd.
    Sector: Pipefitting, vacuum waste removal
    Location: Sexsmith
    Date penalty laid: December 10, 2021
    Amount of penalty: $10,000
    Violation: Section 16(1) OHS Code

    Penalized: Burnco Rock Products Ltd.
    Sector: Production of aggregate rock products
    Location: Calgary
    Date penalty laid: October 27, 2021
    Amount of penalty: $5,000
    Violation: Section 12 OHS Code

    Penalized: Kikino Metis Settlement
    Sector: Metis Settlement operation
    Location: Calgary
    Date penalty laid: October 7, 2021
    Amount of penalty: $33,750
    Violation: Section 40 OHS Act

    Penalized: Agrium Canada Partnership
    Sector: Fertilizer manufacturing
    Location: Calgary
    Date penalty laid: July 21, 2021
    Amount of penalty: $35,000
    Violation: Sections 7(1), 9(1), 215.4(5), 228(1)(a)(l) OHS Code, Section 3(1)(a)(l) OHS Act

    Penalized: Fountain Tire (Oyen) Ltd.
    Sector: Tire repair shop
    Location: Edmonton
    Date penalty laid: June 24, 2021
    Amount of penalty: $1,000
    Violation: Section 12(d) OHS Code

    Penalized: IMT Standen’s GP Inc. o/a IMT Standen’s Ltd.
    Sector: Manufacturing
    Location: Calgary
    Date penalty laid: June 8, 2021
    Amount of penalty: $5,000
    Violation: Section 6(2) OHS Code

    Penalized: Old Spaghetti Factory (Edmonton) Ltd.
    Sector: Restaurant
    Location: Edmonton
    Date penalty laid: April 29, 2021
    Amount of penalty: $500
    Violation: Section 40(1) OHS Act

    Penalized: Mystique Mechanical Ltd.
    Sector: Plumbing, steam, gas fitting
    Location: Calgary
    Date penalty laid: March 26, 2021
    Amount of penalty: $10,000
    Violation: Sections 7(1)(2), 119(1) OHS Code

  • 2020

    Penalized: Phoenix Indoor Range & Gun Shop Ltd.
    Sector: Gun range, retail sales
    Location: Edmonton
    Date penalty laid: November 6, 2020
    Amount of penalty: $6,000
    Violation: Section 387(1) OHS Code

    Penalized: S.E. Johnson Management Ltd.
    Sector: Plumbing, steam, gas fitting
    Location: Calgary
    Date penalty laid: October 29, 2020
    Amount of penalty: $2,500
    Violation: Section 314 OHS Code

    Penalized: Centennial Foodservice
    Sector: Wholesale food distribution
    Location: Calgary
    Date penalty laid: October 1, 2020
    Amount of penalty: $2,500
    Violation: Section 139(1) OHS Code

    Penalized: Renewall Projects Inc.
    Sector: Construction trade services
    Location: Airdrie
    Date penalty laid: April 23, 2020
    Amount of penalty: $1,000
    Violation: Section 13(4) OHS Regulation

    Penalized: Coventry Homes
    Sector: Residential contractor
    Location: Edmonton
    Date penalty laid: April 20, 2020
    Amount of penalty: $2,500
    Violation: Section 40(1) OHS Act

    Penalized: D. Owen Construction Ltd.
    Sector: Asbestos abatement
    Location: Calgary
    Date penalty laid: February 11, 2020
    Amount of penalty: $2,500
    Violation: Section 12 OHS Code

  • 2019

    Penalized: Chancelot Concrete Restoration Ltd.
    Sector: Industrial coating
    Location: Edmonton
    Date penalty laid: June 11, 2019
    Amount of penalty: $1,500
    Violation: Section 3(1) OHS Act

Contact

Connect with OHS:

Phone: 780-415-8690 (Edmonton)
Toll free: 1-866-415-8690 
TTY: 780-427-9999 (Edmonton)
TTY: 1-800-232-7215

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