Briefs and Submissions

Submission on the WCB proposed 2019-2021 policy workplans

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

Janet Patterson Compensation Review Submission

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

Proposed Amendments to the Occupational Health & Safety Regulation (OHSR) Part 8, High Visibility Apparel, Part 20, Concrete Pumping, Equipment Inspections, and Part 21, Blasting Operations

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 | 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