CME submission on Employment Standards Act

Balanced and flexible employment standards legislation allows our already challenged manufacturers to remain competitive, while offering their employees fair compensation. CME, along with other business leaders, was a joint signatory to a submission responding to a provincial government consultation initiative on the employment standards act.

The submission reiterated CME’s other recent submissions on this topic which answered the BC Law Institute report released in 2018. That report was largely balanced and CME supported most of the panel’s majority recommendations.

The consultation paper had the following themes:

Theme 1: Increasing protection for child workers
Theme 2: Transforming the Employment Standards Branch
Theme 3: Supporting families with job protected leaves of absence
Theme 4: Strengthening workers ability to recover wages/monies owed
Theme 5: Clarifying hours of work and overtime standards
Theme 6: Improving fairness for terminated workers

To that end, CME encouraged the government to make changes that are in keeping with the majority recommendations in the BCLI Report, an exhaustive non-partisan multi-year review that provides generally balanced proposals to update the employment standards act.

Click here to read the entire 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.

for more information, please contact

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