Collective bargaining in the BC health care sector has been approached by the Legislature in terms of "essential service" limitations, rather than by substitution of mandatory interest arbitration in place of the right to strike. The relevant provisions of the current British Columbia legislation, the Labour Relations Code, RSBC 1996, c. 244 (as amended) (the "Code"), make no express reference to interest arbitration, let alone to mandatory interest arbitration. Does that mean that interest arbitration has no role to play in BC health sector bargaining? Not at all. Mandatory interest arbitration is – perhaps surprisingly – polymorphous. As it happens, BC's version is most readily identified when viewed through the lens of history. This paper was presented at the Canadian National Summit on Labour Relations in the Health Care Sector.

type Legal Developments in Interest Arbitration: A Cross-Canada Check-Up (British Columbia)