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3/2017 (2017) IUS Labour 110-119


In Canada, the norms of capitalist legality are deeply entrenched. As a result, businesses are generally free to structure their affairs in any way that serves their interests. One of the most foundational norms is that each corporation has a distinct legal personality. Not only does this protect shareholders and directors from personal responsibility for the corporation’s liabilities, but it also means that one corporation is not normally liable for the obligations of another corporation even though both corporations are owned and controlled by the same individuals.