Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

October 19, 2010 16:51 ET

Statement by the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Canada's Labour Minister

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 19, 2010) - Today, the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Canada's Labour Minister, confirmed that she is proceeding with prosecution against Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) for violations of the occupational health and safety requirements under the Canada Labour Code.

"I want to extend my sympathies to all Canadian families and friends who have lost loved ones on the job and especially those whose loved ones were seriously or fatally injured in this accident. No words can take away their sorrow.

"As Canada's Labour Minister I take my mandate for the health and safety of workers very seriously. Employers under federal jurisdiction are required to meet occupational health and safety requirements of the Canada Labour Code.

"As the matter has been referred to the courts, it is inappropriate for me to comment further."

The Public Prosecution Service of Canada is responsible for prosecuting the violations and all public documents pertaining to this case can be obtained through the court.

Four employees of PWGSC were injured on October 19, 2009, while at work, following a boiler explosion in Ottawa. On October 20, 2009, one of the injured employees passed away as a result of the injuries sustained in the accident.

This statement is available in alternative formats upon request.

Contact Information

  • Office of Minister Raitt
    Jocelyne Turner
    Press Secretary
    819-953-5646
    or
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    Media Relations Office
    819-994-5559