About the Coalition

Mission Statement

The Coalition of BC Businesses is an advocate and voice for small and medium sized businesses on labour and employment issues in British Columbia.

Guiding Principles

Sound and fair employment laws and practices are one of the cornerstones of a vibrant and sustainable economy.

The following principles are fundamental:

Employment laws and practices should be realistic: Employment laws and practices must recognize the new ways in which work is being done so they facilitate new work arrangements and enable British Columbia to remain competitive. They should also recognize the practical limitation of efforts to pursue social policy goals through the imposition of obligations on employers.

Employment laws and practices should be flexible: Employment laws and practices should allow businesses to adapt to the needs of their customers, the aspirations of their employees and to the constantly changing business environment. They should encourage innovative solutions, such as training, that make businesses and employees successful.

Employment laws and practices should respect individual choices: Employment laws and practices should allow employees to make up their own minds about what kinds of workplace arrangements best suit their needs.

Employment laws and practices should promote voluntary cooperation between employers and employees: Employers and employees cannot succeed without each other’s cooperation, and our employment laws should encourage (though they cannot require) solution of problems through mutual agreement.

Employment laws and practices should be fair for all: Employment laws and practices should not give special advantages to anyone and they should be administered in a manner that contributes to the confidence the community has in the essential fairness of the laws.

Employment laws and practices should provide a basic standard of protection for employees: Employment laws and practices should set a floor below which employment standards may not fall, to ensure a minimum level of employee protection.