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Business Corporations Act , section: 131

Business Law, Directors’ liability to employees for wages

The directors of a corporation are jointly and severally liable to the employees of the corporation for all debts not exceeding six months’ wages that become payable while they are directors for services performed for the corporation and for the vacation pay accrued while they are directors for not more than twelve months under the Employment Standards Act, and the regulations thereunder, or under any collective agreement made by the corporation. R.S.O. 1990, c. B.16, s. 131 (1).

A director is liable under subsection (1) only if, (a) the corporation is sued in the action against the director and execution against the corporation is returned unsatisfied in whole or in part; or (b) before or after the action is commenced, the corporation goes into liquidation, is ordered to be wound up or makes an authorized assignment under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act (Canada), or a receiving order under that Act is made against it, and, in any such case, the claim for the debt has been proved. 2002, c. 24, Sched. B, s. 27 (1).

(3) Where execution referred to in clause (2) (b) has issued, the amount recoverable from a director is the amount remaining unsatisfied after execution. R.S.O. 1990, c. B.16, s. 131 (3).

(4) Where a director pays a debt under subsection (1) that is proved in liquidation and dissolution or bankruptcy proceedings, the director is entitled to any preference that the employee would have been entitled to, and where a judgment has been obtained the director is entitled to an assignment of the judgment. R.S.O. 1990, c. B.16, s. 131 (4).

(5) A director who has satisfied a claim under this section is entitled to contribution from the other directors who were liable for the claim. R.S.O. 1990, c. B.16, s. 131 (5

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