CME Withdraws from Patterson Review of Workers Compensation

Earlier today, CME joined 45 other business organizations in withdrawing from the ongoing Patterson review of Workers Compensation in British Columbia.

As with other members of the employer community, CME is concerned with the much increased scope of the once limited review. Many of the issues being considered would cause a significant increase to costs within the workers compensation system and there has been, as yet, no assessment of those potential costs. Among the issues included in the increase of scope are a number on which Janet Patterson has previously published work on behalf of the BC Federation of Labour. We believe this demonstrates a clear bias.

As a result, CME, like other representatives of the business community has lost confidence that the Review can be conducted in an “independent, impartial and balanced manner” and we will not participate any further in any aspect of the Review process. Please see the joint statement from the employer community for more detail on our concerns.


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