|TIAO GRANTED INTERVENER STATUS|
The Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO) was granted intervener status by Justice O’Connor in the case between Blue Mountain Resorts Limited v. Ontario (the Ministry of Labour and the Ontario Labour Relations Board).|
This case arose in December 2007 when a guest at Blue Mountain Resorts drowned in an unsupervised swimming pool on the resort’s grounds. In 2011, the Ontario Labour Relations Board (OLRB) upheld a decision which determined that all fatal and critical injuries occurring at a workplace, not just those involving workers, but those involving guests as well, should be reported to the Ministry of Labour. This decision was later upheld by the Ontario Divisional Court.
“TIAO will make a strong case of how treating premises that are traditionally used by guests as a 'workplace,' would negatively impact businesses that operate tourist resorts, hotels and facilities,” said Beth Potter, president, TIAO. “We will also be arguing that the OHSA was intended to ensure worker safety issues."