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INSIDE THE NUMBERS: The Chamber’s take on banning replacement workers

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A recent Scotiabank report stated that Canada is losing more hours worked to strikes, such as the one at the St. Lawrence Seaway last fall,  than it lost at any point during pandemic restrictions. PHOTO courtesy St. Lawrence Seaway.

The Canadian government is seeking to ban replacement workers. Replacement workers allow organizations in sectors like trucking, rail, ports, telecom and air to sustain a basic level of “lights on” continuity that preserves supply chains and critical services for Canadians.

Anti-replacement worker legislation has the potential to destabilize our supply chains and economy, says Robin Guy, Vice President & Deputy Leader, Government Relations, Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

He adds that Liberal and Conservative governments of the past have all avoided passing such legislation, knowing that it will have profound and lasting impacts on Canada’s economy, business, and everyday Canadians.

“Already, Canada is losing more hours worked to striking workers than it lost at any point during pandemic restrictions, according to 2024 data from Scotiabank. Simply put, a ban on replacement workers is not good for Canada,” Guy says.

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce prepared an infographic (show below) to press its case to the federal government about the need to stay away from legislation that bans replacements workers.

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