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 February 2, 2023 

Hon. Seamus O’Regan, P.C., M.P. 

Minister of Labour 


Hon. François-Philippe Champagne, P.C., M.P. 

Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry of Canada 


Hon. Omar Alghabra, P.C., M.P. 

Minister of Transport 


Dear Ministers: 

The proposal to introduce legislation on prohibiting replacement workers in federally regulated industries raises serious concern for Canadian business, including many that play an essential role in growing our economy and ensuring that our supply chains operate efficiently. 

While we all respect and want to protect the right to collective bargaining, the proposed anti-replacement worker legislation goes too far and has the potential to destabilize our economy. It will disrupt the carefully-constructed balance we have built within our labour relations system, leading to more labour strife within key sectors of our economy. As a result, it threatens to cause major disruptions to already-fragile supply chains. 

Though rarely used, replacement workers allow organizations in sectors like trucking, rail, ports, telecom, and air to provide a basic level of service that preserves critical services to Canadians. Eliminating the possibility of using replacement workers to maintain important services will provide an encouragement to strike rather than to bargain collectively, which raises the risk of significant damage to Canada’s economy and our reputation as a reliable place to do business, as well as compromising Canadians’ ability to receive the services they require. The data clearly demonstrate that, where replacement worker bans exist, there are more strikes, and they last longer. 

Canadians are already feeling the serious effects of inflationary pressures in our economy. Any actions that would further disrupt supply chain processes will only raise costs more. These costs will in turn get passed down to Canadians. Canada’s reputation as a destination of choice for 

investment and doing business relies on a resilient and reliable system, which a ban on replacement workers will severely undermine. 

We urge you to put the interests of Canadians and of the Canadian economy first and reconsider the government’s plan to introduce this legislation. The Canadian economy – and Canadians – simply cannot afford it, nor does it create value for Canadians. 

We would welcome an early opportunity to sit down with you to discuss the issue in more detail. 

Sincerely, Aerospace Industries Association of Canada Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce 
Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce Greater Summerside Chamber of Commerce 
Amherst & Area Chamber of Commerce Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce 
Assiniboia Chamber of Commerce Halifax Chamber of Commerce 
Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce Halton Hills Chamber of Commerce 
Bonnyville & District Chamber of Commerce Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada 
Brampton Board of Trade Killam and District Chamber of Commerce 
Burin Peninsula Chamber of Commerce Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce 
Burnaby Board of Trade Madoc & District Chamber of Commerce 
Business Council of Manitoba National Airline Council of Canada 
Calgary Chamber of Commerce Oakville Chamber of Commerce 
Canada’s Accredited Zoos and Aquariums Okotoks & District Chamber of Commerce 
Canadian Automobile Dealers’ Association Orillia District Chamber of Commerce 
Canadian Chamber of Commerce Port Colborne-Wainfleet Chamber of Commerce 
Canadian Federation of Independent Business Prairie Sky Chamber of Commerce 
Canadian Franchise Association Prince Albert & District Chamber of Commerce 
Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association Railway Association of Canada 
Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce 
Canadian Meat Council Regroupement des gens d’affaires de la capitale nationale 
Chamber of Commerce and Industry Mégantic Region Responsible Distribution Canada (RDC) 
Chamber of Commerce Brantford-Brant Restaurants Canada 
Chamber of Commerce Niagara Falls, Canada South Surrey & White Rock Chamber of Commerce 
Chatham-Kent Chamber of Commerce Surrey Board of Trade 
Chemistry Industry Association of Canada Sussex & District Chamber of Commerce 
Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce Temiskaming Shores & Area Chamber of Commerce 
Conseil du patronat du Québec The Board at the Cap-Acadie Chamber of Commerce 
Dufferin Board of Trade The Cambridge Chamber of Commerce 
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