Alberta – contract and arbitration agreement both valid but inapplicable when parties effectively carry on different relationship

In Trainor v. Fundstream Inc, 2019 ABQB 800, Madam Justice Alice Woolley declined to refer the parties to arbitration, holding that the employment contract was neither void ab initio or invalid but simply did not apply to the resulting legal relationship between the parties.  The employment contract provided for services “within” a province but were actually performed “without”, in another province. As a result, the arbitration agreement did not apply to the termination because the services did not relate to the otherwise valid but unperformed original employment contract.

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