June 14, 2023 | Circular No. 11534

Dear Member,

Earlier today, the Federation sent a letter to the Ministers of Labour and Transport regarding the potential impacts of a withdrawal of longshore service at Canada’s west coast ports.  Our letter directs particular attention to the ongoing fragility of Canada’s transportation supply chain, especially as relates to the ports of Vancouver and Prince Rupert, and urges the government to do everything in its power to assist the ILWU and the BCMEA in reaching a negotiated settlement that avoids a work stoppage.

The Federation has also added its signature to a message issued yesterday by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce on behalf of over 120 associations, regional chambers and board of trades representing Canada’s business community.

As members are undoubtedly aware, the west coast longshore workers represented by the ILWU have voted 99.24 percent in favour of supporting strike action if necessary, with June 24th being the earliest date on which such action could occur (assuming 72-hour advance notice is issued on June 21st).

We will continue to monitor this situation closely, with a view to keeping members informed of developments and issuing additional communications to the government as required.


Karen Kancens
Vice President