Briefs and Submissions

BCFED Submission to the 2020 budget consultations

June 27, 2019 | Fair Taxes
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 (OHSR) Part 16, Mobile Equipment

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

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

BCFED Submission on Recommendations from the Report: "Keeping workers, the public and the environment free from asbestos"

The BCFED appreciates the opportunity to provide our submission with respect to the draft final report Keeping Workers, The Public and the Environment Safe from Asbestos. We strongly urge the MOL to immediately proceed with implementing our recommendations. To read the full submission, ... more

Petrie Report Recommendation on Merits and Justice in Decision Making

The Policy, Regulation and Research Division (“Division”) has requested submissions regarding policies of the Board relating to section 99(2) of the Workers Compensation Act (“Act”). This is the submission of the BC Federation of Labour (“BCFED”), addressing policy #2. 20 of the... more

Proposed WCB 2019-2022 Regulatory Amendments Workplan

The intent of this amendment is to amend Sections 5.27 and 5.28 of the OHSR which currently requires the elimination or control of possible ignition sources when transferring or handling flammable liquids and excludes combustible liquids such as diesel fuel and propane despite these substances... more

Proposed WCB 2019-2021 Policy Workplan

The BCFED considers a review of the chronic pain policy as a high priority due to the number of workers who are being inadequately compensated by the current policy. The Petrie recommendation #28 to have policy #39.02 amended to direct that a worker suffering with chronic pain be addressed under 23... more

BCFED Response to BCLI Consultation Paper on the Employment Standards Act

March 1, 2019 | Employment Standards
Submitted August 31, 2018 Please see the PDF link below for the full submission.

Proposed Amendments to the BC Labour Relations Code

December 4, 2018 | Employment Standards
Concrete recommendations to improve the operation of the BC Labour Relations Code are long overdue. In the fifteen years since the Code was last reviewed a lot has changed. The imbalance of the current Code, its application, and lack of coverage of certain sectors result in it being... more