(TRI-CITIES) February 2, 2023 — The Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce has signed a joint letter with more than 75 business associations across the country, urging three federal ministers to protect Canada's essential supply chains and transportation services, and not support the proposed changes to labour laws in Bill C-302.
While the Tri-Cities Chamber respects and wants to protect the right to collective bargaining, the proposed legislation would ban using replacement workers during labour disputes, threatening to cause major disruptions to already-fragile supply chains. Though rarely used, replacement workers allow organizations in sectors like trucking, rail, ports, telecom, and air to continue collective bargaining while also maintaining a basic level of service that preserves critical services to Canadians.
Read the joint letter sent to Canada's Minister of Labour Seamus O'Regan, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry François-Philippe Champagne, and Minister of Transport Omar Alghabra. This collaborative effort was led by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.
Since 1971, the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce has been the largest business association serving Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Anmore, and Belcarra, now representing 1,000+ organizations from every sector. The Chamber works to foster economic development, provide connections and benefits, and influence public policy at all levels of government to ensure strong business and strong communities. The Tri-Cities Chamber is an active member of the BC and Canadian Chambers of Commerce.
For more information, contact:
Leslie Courchesne, Chief Executive Officer
Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce