Labour Relations Code Review – Results

Engagement Summary

The Labour Relations Code establishes the relationships between labour and management – how workers join unions, how employers and unions interact, and how collective bargaining disputes are resolved. The last full review of the Code took place in 1992.

A panel of special advisors recently completed its review of British Columbia’s Labour Relations Code, after considering input from consultations in spring 2018. 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 for Amendments to the Labour Relations Code report makes 29 recommendations, covering a wide range of topics such as union certification processes, dispute resolution, successorship, unfair labour practices, and arbitration procedures. The report was publicly released on October 25, 2018.

Feedback on the panel’s report and recommendations was accepted via email until November 30, 2018.

Engagement Timeframe(s)

Phase One: February 19 to April 24, 2018
Phase Two: October 24 to November 30, 2018

Input Received

Phase One:

  • 83 presentations were made at ten regional meetings held in 9 locations throughout B.C. including: Victoria, Courtenay, Prince George, Kelowna, Kamloops, Cranbrook, Terrace, Surrey and Vancouver (two meetings were held)
  • 108 submissions, 19 replies (representing 26 organizations) and 94 emails were received

The written submissions from phase one have been posted online.

Phase Two:

  • 49 email submissions were received

The written submissions from phase two have been posted online.

Input leads to action:

The feedback on the recommendations will help determine the final decisions that are made as government looks to update the Labour Relations Code.

The input will be considered, alongside further targeted consultations with key stakeholder groups, and inform government’s decisions on the report’s recommendations and subsequent amendments to the Code.