A work site party can be convicted if they’ve violated OHS legislation.

After charges are laid, an employer, worker, contractor, prime contractor or supplier can:

  • be acquitted
  • be found guilty
  • have their charges withdrawn or stayed

If found guilty

If a judge decides a defendant is guilty, fines for a first offence under the OHS Act can be up to $500,000 and/or up to 6 months in prison per violation. If the defendant continues the first offence, they can also get an extra fine of up to $30,000 per day.

A defendant who’s found guilty may also be sentenced to corporate probation.

Creative sentences

OHS convictions may result in creative sentences. This type of sentencing diverts funds that would otherwise be paid as fines to third parties that promote occupational health and safety.

Examples of such third parties include:

  • training programs
  • rescue societies
  • resource centres


Read the list of convictions under the OHS Act, or sign up for updates.


Read the list of appeals and other matters, or sign up for updates.

Summary of prosecutions

Read the summary of Alberta OHS prosecutions penalties.

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

Modified: 2016-02-24
PID: 15314

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