The Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCCE) welcomes today’s move by the federal and B.C. governments to resolve the two-week work stoppage at Port Metro Vancouver and return the port to full operation.

“Canada’s major ports are vital engines of the national economy,” said The Honourable John Manley, President and CEO of the CCCE.  “Today’s announcement of a 14-point action plan to resolve the strike by container truck drivers represents a solid step forward. It is essential that all sides now come together to restore normal activities at the port and limit the economic impact on businesses and workers across the country.”

The plan to resolve the dispute was unveiled by The Honourable Lisa Raitt, federal Minister of Transport, The Honourable Todd Stone, British Columbia’s Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, and Robin Silvester, President and Chief Executive Officer of Port Metro Vancouver.  Alongside measures to ensure that truck drivers receive fair compensation, the plan is intended to create a more stable trucking industry and reduce truck wait times at container terminals.  The plan is based on recommendations by federally appointed advisor Vince Ready.

The CCCE is the senior voice of Canada’s business community, representing chief executives and leading entrepreneurs in all sectors and regions of the country. Its member companies collectively employ 1.5 million Canadians and are responsible for most of Canada’s private sector investments, exports, workplace training and research and development.