CME Responds to Review of Workers Compensation in BC

VANCOUVER (July 25, 2019) – Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) signed July 19 a submission to the review of the Workers Compensation System with the objective of increasing the confidence of workers and employers in the workers’ compensation. Key points highlighted by CME include:

  • The reviewer must provide clarity within the terms of reference as to what actually is being considered the business community can provide a more focusted response.
  • The reviewer must consider the costs of any recommendations being brought forward.
  • Duty to Accommodate is currently covered through Human Rights legislation and if also brought into Worksafe legislation there must be very careful consideration of overlapping mandates, conflicting priorities, and overregulation.
  • Claims management can be improved with better communication between board officers, employers and medical practitioners along with clear predictable decision making.

This review was announced on March 3, 2019 by the BC Minister of Labour, Hon. Harry Bains. The Minister appointed retired labour lawyer Janet Patterson to conduct the review. The Terms of Reference primarily task Patterson to review a number of factors within the system to make it more worker-centric.

Information on the Patterson Review and How to Make a Submission


Since 1871, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters has been helping manufacturers grow at home and, compete around the world. Our focus is to ensure manufacturers are recognized as engines for growth in the economy, with Canada acknowledged as both a global leader and innovator in advanced manufacturing and a global leader in exporting. CME is a member-driven association that directly represents more than 2,500 leading companies who account for an estimated 82 per cent of manufacturing output and 90 per cent of Canada’s exports.


Andrew Wynn-Williams
Divisional Vice President, BC
Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters
(604) 713-7800 x 5290