Provincial OHS Law Didn’t Apply to ‘Federal Undertaking’


The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation challenged numerous intervention reports issued by CSST inspectors that identified it as principal contractor of construction work performed by contractors at the locks of St. Lambert, Ste. Catherine and Beauharnois. The Commission des lésions professionnelles (CLP) ruled that the corporation was a “federal undertaking” and so Québec’s OHS act didn’t apply to it. As a result, the CLP annulled all the decisions issued by CSST inspectors affecting the company [Corporation de Gestion de la Voie maritime du Saint-Laurent et Construction Injection EDM Inc., [2015] QCCLP 1479 (CanLII), March 16, 2015].