Dependent contractors awarded 26 months’ notice of termination

Cabinet-making couple started off as employees then became subcontractors but employer still essentially controlled their business
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 03/18/2015

An Ontario couple who were dependent contractors with three decades of service have been awarded almost $200,000 in wrongful dismissal damages and costs by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.

Lawrence Keenan, 63, was hired by Canac Kitchens — a company in the business of delivering and installing kitchen cabinets, vanities and countertops — in 1976 as an installer of kitchen cabinets. In 1983, he became a foreman supervising other installers. Also in 1983 his wife Marilyn, 61, joined Canac as a foreman after previously assisting her husband on an informal basis.