People who are responsible for property in Ontario including commercial and residential properties have a duty to take reasonable steps to ensure that the property is safe for people who enter and use the property. This duty applies to owners, landlords, tenants, management and maintenance companies, and other parties. If a responsible person fails to take the necessary precautions, and you are injured on the property, you can bring a tort action against the responsible person to recover for your injuries.

Some examples of negligence by responsible owners include: failing to comply with building code standards, failing to adequately remove snow and ice from pathways and driveways, and presence of hidden hazards. The responsibilities and recourses relating to the safeguard of properties are found under the Occupier’s Liability Act.