Briefs and Submissions

BCFED calls for employment standards protections for ride-hail workers

October 1, 2019 | Employment Standards
British Columbia’s Passenger Transportation Board (PTB) is reviewing applications filed by prospective ride-hailing services to operate in BC. The BC Federation of Labour believes the review must consider the rights and well-being of workers in the industry. Ride-hailing companies should have to... more

Petrie recommendations on vocational rehabilitation and cost relief

September 26, 2019
The BC Federation of Labour (“Federation,” “BCFED”) appreciates the opportunity to provide our submission with respect to the proposed recommendations on vocational rehabilitation and cost relief from the compensation policy review by Paul Petrie: Restoring the Balance: A Worker-Centered Approach... more

Submission on Paid Leave for Workers Facing Domestic and Sexual Violence

September 24, 2019
The BC Federation of Labour (“BCFED”), through its affiliated members, represents over 500,000 union members in the province of British Columbia and acts as a voice for all working people in the province. The BCFED welcomes the opportunity to provide this written submission on the topic of paid... more

Submission on the WCB proposed 2019-2021 policy workplans

July 19, 2019
The BC Federation of Labour (BCFED) represents more than 500,000 unionized workers in all industries across BC. However, the BC Federation of Labour is a longstanding major stakeholder at the Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB), recognized as being the voice for all workers in the province. The BCFED... more

Compensation review

July 19, 2019
The BCFED is recognized as a major stakeholder by the Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB, the Board). We advocate for all BC workers for stronger preventative legislation and for full compensation for injured workers and their families. We applaud the government’s decision to conduct this long... more

Submission on Regulatory Amendments Part 8, Part 20 and Part 21

July 9, 2019
The BC Federation of Labour (“Federation,” “BCFED”) appreciates the opportunity to provide our submission with respect to the proposed amendments to: Part 8: Personal Protective Clothing and Equipment: Section 8.24, High Visibility and Distinguishing Apparel Part 20: Construction, Excavation and... more

BCFED Submission to the 2020 budget consultations

June 27, 2019
Budget 2020 is an opportunity for the government to take advantage of BC’s strong economic growth and put this province’s wealth to work for working people. This submission calls on the NDP government to introduce bold progressive tax reform so that it can make needed investments in social programs... more

Proposed amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation Part 16

May 13, 2019
The Federation considers the consultation process as a valuable opportunity to make recommendations on the proposed regulatory amendments. The BCFED and our affiliates participated in the pre-consultation meetings and were concerned that this comprehensive review not weaken worker safety by reason... more

Improving the income support system in BC

April 1, 2019
Poverty has many faces in our community including children, injured workers, persons with disabilities, low-wage and precarious workers, undocumented persons, and members of equity-seeking groups. Poverty is a problem that impacts all of us and we must work together to eliminate it from our... more

Modernizing the Employment Standards Act

April 1, 2019
The current Employment Standards Act (“ESA” “Act”) fails to provide the growing body of vulnerable and precariously-employed workers with necessary rights and protections and contributes to the growth of precarious employment conditions. Improvements are long-overdue, and the government... more