B.C. Labour Relations Code Review

Issue

On Oct. 25, 2018, the Government of British Columbia released the Report on Recommendations for Amendments to the Labour Relations Code submitted by a panel appointed by government. The report contains 29 recommendations for amendments to the Labour Relations Code covering a wide range of topics such as union certification processes, dispute resolution, successorship, unfair labour practices, and arbitration procedures.

According to the government’s engagement website, the panel’s review focused on ensuring B.C.’s unionized workplaces are supported by fair laws for workers and businesses that are consistent with the labour rights and protections enjoyed by other Canadians.

The recommendations have not yet been proposed in the Legislature or passed into law. The Minister of Labour reserves the right to introduce additional changes or amendments that deviate from these recommendations.

The Ministry of Labour invited public feedback on the panel’s recommendations up to Nov. 30, 2018. The minister also announced that “additional consultations with key stakeholders” would be undertaken as government prepares amendments to the Code to be brought forward in the spring of 2019.

Current Status

VRCA has partnered with 12 industry and business organizations with a shared interest in growing the B.C. economy.

VRCA is also supporting the British Columbia Construction Association’s effort to prepare an official response for submission on behalf of B.C.’s four regional construction associations.

Status Updates

  • VRCA partnered with 12 other industry and business organizations to endorse a Joint Business Community Submission in response to the Labour Relations Code Review Committee Recommendations for Amendments to the Labour Relations Code. Read more.

VRCA asked its members for their comments and feedback on the Labour Relations Code Review Panel’s 29 recommendations to help the association prepare a response to proposed changes to B.C.’s Labour Relations Code. Read more.