About the campaign

Stop the Killing is a campaign to hold people criminally accountable for the health and safety of workers.

Over 1,000 workers a year are killed on the job.

Despite the power of the Criminal Code of Canada to hold corporations, their directors and executives criminally accountable for the health and safety of workers, as of early 2022, there have been only nine successful prosecutions under the Westray amendments – four in Quebec, four in Ontario and one in British Columbia. Those prosecutions resulted in the conviction of seven corporations and two individuals. Sentences have been
relatively minor.

If people where held criminally accountable for their negligence, it would deter others from callously endangering the lives of workers.

Our campaign has four asks of our provincial/territorial government:

  • Crown attorneys are educated, trained and directed to apply the Westray amendments of the Criminal Code of Canada;
  • Dedicated prosecutors are given the responsibility for health and safety fatalities;
  • Police are educated, trained and directed to apply the Westray amendments;
  • There is greater coordination among regulators, police and Crowns so that health and safety regulators are trained to reach out to police when there is a possibility that Westray amendment charges are warranted.

Led by the United Steelworkers, the campaign has support from towns and cities from across the country, law enforcement officials and professional associations.

Put your community on the map

Lobby your local town or city to endorse the campaign. If your town or city has not endorsed, we want to help you make that happen. Contact us if you are interested and we can help you approach your city hall with a resolution to support. It is easier than it sounds. Every town that a volunteer has approached with the campaign has endorsed. No one wants to see people killed on the job in their community.

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Map of Endorsements

Over 50 cities and towns across Canada are endorsed the Stop the Killing campaign: including Plymouth, Nova Soctia to Edmonton, Alberta to Burns Lake British Colombia to Toronto, Ontario. Our campaign is creating concensus at the local level to pressure governments, labour officials and law enforcement to investigate workplace deaths and injuries to press charges if there is evidence of criminal negligence.

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Endorse the campaign

Read the resolution city councils are passing to enforce the Westray Amendments to the Criminal Code of Canada.

Resolution to endorse

Videos and social media images

Watch videos from the USW’s Stop the Killing campaign. Download social media shareables.

Videos and social media

Letters of support

Read copies of the endorsements from municipalities across Canada, to Stop the Killing and Enforce the Law.

Letters of support

Westray Legal Brief 2022

Corporate Criminal Liability 2004-2022: A review of legal cases since the enactment of the Westray amendments to the Criminal Code of Canada.

Westray Legal Brief 2022

Westray 25: 1992-2017

May 9, 2017, marked 25 years since the Westray disaster and the USW, along with family members, elected officials and other unions gathered to commemorate the tragedy and continue the campaign to enforce the law.

Coverage of Westray 25

Hell’s History

Hell’s History, by former The Tyee journalist, Tom Sandborn, is an in-depth publication on the USW’s fight to prevent workplace deaths and injuries from the 1992 Westray mine disaster through 2016.

Hell’s History

News clips

A collection of news clippings related to the USW’s Stop the Killing, Enforce the Law campaign.

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News clips continued

More news clippings related to the USW’s Stop the Killing, Enforce the Law campaign.

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More than 1,000 workers each year are killed at work, but police and prosecutors are not utilizing the Westray amendments that hold corporations, their directors and executives criminally accountable for the health and safety of workers.