Statement on the Ports of BC Strike Notice

Ottawa, June 28, 2023

A 72-hour strike notice has been given by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Canada (ILWU), to the BC Maritime Employers Association (BCMEA). This means that as of 8:00am PT on July 1, 2023, a strike will begin at all British Columbia ports, impacting manufacturing operations across the country.

Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters strongly urges the parties to come to an immediate resolution to avoid a strike. If they do not, the federal government must intervene and prevent a work stoppage. Disruptions like these threaten our members’ businesses, do damage to Canada’s global reputation as a trusted trade partner, hurt fragile supply chains, and cost jobs. Manufacturers, and the Canadian economy, cannot afford a strike at our largest and busiest ports.


From the first industrial boom in Canada, CME has advocated for and represented member interests. 150 years strong, CME has earned an extensive and effective track record of working for and with 2,500 leading companies nationwide. More than 85 per cent of CME’s members are SMEs and collectively account for an estimated 82 per cent of total manufacturing production and 90 per cent of Canada’s exports.


Jane Taber
Vice President, Public Affairs NATIONAL Public Relations
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