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Changes to the forest contractor regulation

Forest licensees in B.C. provide holders with the right to harvest a set volume of Crown timber within a timber supply area or a tree farm licence area. Requirements of these licences can include the use of replaceable logging contractors for a portion of the annual harvest.

The Timber Harvesting Contract and Subcontract Regulation came into effect in 1991. It regulates contract obligations between forest licence holders and contractors who have replaceable contracts in B.C.

Changes to the regulation:

  • require licence holders to provide contractors with clearer work specifications. This will help contractors better negotiate their rates.
  • require licence holders to demonstrate they are providing contractors with the amount of work their licence requires them to provide.
  • amend the test rate that arbitrators use to determine fair rates of pay in contract disputes.
    • This will better balance competitiveness for the industry with the viability of the contractor or subcontractor’s business.
  • redefine what is considered “changed circumstances” under a contract, who can trigger further rate negotiation and how it can be triggered.
  • provide government with the authority to request information on the nature and number of replaceable contracts that licence holders have.
    • Knowing how many contractors and subcontractors have replaceable contracts will help the government develop future policies and resolve issues.