Statement | Chamber Advocacy Yields Results in Employment Standards


On April 29th the provincial government announced changes to the Employment Standards Act. Though the business community did not get everything it had advocated for during its consultations with government, the legislation contained no changes to existing provisions for sick leave and statutory holiday pay eligibility – something our Chamber has been very vocal about. The Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce is pleased to see that the provincial government has listened to the concerns of businesses on this issue.

Our Chamber has been strongly opposed to proposed changes to expand sick leave to 10 paid days from the current 5 unpaid, as well as to the unnecessary relaxing of eligibility for statutory holiday pay. We have consistently voiced our concern about the compounding negative impacts these changes would have had at a time when businesses are facing new taxes, a higher minimum wage, and rising costs to doing business.

Last November, we brought members’ concerns on this issue directly to Minister of Labour Harry Bains when we hosted him at the Chamber, and in February we released a template letter that businesses could use to express their opposition to the proposed sick leave and statutory holiday changes. This letter gathered significant support among our membership and with other Chambers across the province, including the BC Chamber. We are happy to see the provincial business community speak up as one, and reiterate our support for the provincial government’s decision to make no changes to sick leave and statutory holiday pay eligibility.

We will continue to bring our members’ concerns to decision makers, and continue to support the growth of a healthy and vibrant business community in the Tri-Cities. If your business is facing challenges, please email us at .

For more information on the recent changes to the Employment Standards Act, please see the Ministry of Labour’s news release here.