NEWS: Federal Court of Appeal Upholds Air Ambulance Certification

At a hearing yesterday, the Federal Court of Appeal dismissed an employer’s application for judicial review of a Canada Industrial Relations Board decision certifying a bargaining unit that included pilots and in-flight paramedics.

The employer argued that while its pilots were federally regulated employees of an airline, its in-flight paramedics worked on air ambulances and should be provincially regulated because of their role in providing health care. The United Food & Commercial Workers, Local 175 successfully contended that these employees worked for the same business and should all fall under the jurisdiction of the Canada Industrial Relations Board.

This was the first case in which a Canadian labour board has been called upon to decide which laws should regulate the labour relations of air ambulance providers.

Local 175 was represented by MMW Toronto Lawyer Sarah Molyneaux with the assistance of Georgina Watts.