REQUIREMENTS

The elements of the tort of inducing breach of contract are:

  1. The existence of an enforceable contract;

  2. Knowledge on the part of the defendant of the existence of the plaintiff's contract;

  3. An intention on the part of the defendant to cause a breach of that contract;

  4. Wrongful interference on the part of the defendant; and

  5. Resulting damage.

NOTE:  The articulation of these elements varies from province to province and from decision to decision, from three elements all the way to eight.  While the essential nature of the tort is the same, you should consult recent decisions from your jurisdiction so it is articulated properly. 

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