Airport construction falls under provincial jurisdiction: Court

Airport construction project was separate from federally-regulated airport operation
||Last Updated: 02/20/2009

Two construction companies working on a federal project are not exempt from provincial labour and safety legislation, the Ontario Court of Appeal has ruled.

EllisDon Corp. had been involved in construction work for various projects at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport since 1989 and it was hired by the Greater Toronto Airport Authority (GTAA) to be the general contractor for the airport’s expansion of one of its terminals in November 2001. EllisDon subcontracted the terminal’s structural steel work to Blenkhorn-Sayer Structural Steel Corp. Blenkhorn had worked on construction projects at the airport since 1999.