March 19, 2019
Builders Code Expansion: First Advisor Now Available to Vancouver Island Construction Employers
Industry Seeks to Improve Retention of Skilled Tradeswomen by Addressing Worksite Behaviour. Construction employers who want to address diversity or harassment issues on their worksites but lack the human resources personnel or expertise to do so will now have access to confidential advisors with experience in HR management, mediation and conflict resolution as part of the Builders Code recently launched by the BC Construction Association and project partners.
March 08, 2019
BC Construction Industry Introduces Worksite Conduct Standards to Improve Worker Retention
The Province of B.C. and the BC Construction Association (BCCA) marked International Women’s Day today with the launch of the Builders Code, a comprehensive program that aims to address B.C.’s skilled labour shortage by reducing harassment, bullying and hazing on construction worksites. The Builders Code defines an Acceptable Worksite and provides employers with tools, training and resources to improve and promote safe and productive worksite behavior.
February 25, 2019
Risk Alerts Issued for Two Provincial Construction Projects
The BC Construction Association (BCCA) has today issued two Contractor’s Alerts warning BC contractors of “Onerous Bidding Conditions” on two Prince George construction projects being procured by BC Housing. The projects are a building envelope remediation on Westwood Court and renovation work on the Hart Haven Group Home at Dagg Road, both in Prince George. Total value of both projects is $9.5M - $5M on Westwood Court and $4.5M on the Hart Haven project.
February 07, 2019
Supporting BC's Skilled Workforce
LNG Canada and the BC Construction Association (BCCA) today announced that Marissa McTavish, an electrical apprentice from Prince George, has become the 1,000th participant in LNG Canada’s Trades Training Fund (TTF) and her employer, Primus Electric, the 500th employer to sponsor an employee with the Fund.
January 22, 2019
British Columbia Construction Association Selected to Provide Pre-Arrival Services
Pre-arrival settlement services are a key element of Canada’s immigration program. They provide newcomers, including refugees, with the information and settlement support they need to make informed decisions about their new life in Canada before they arrive, such as how to prepare for finding a job. To help deliver these important services, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will be providing funding of $3.4 million to the British Columbia Construction Association (BCCA).
December 22, 2018
A Dynamic Year In BC’s Construction Industry – Skilled Workforce Shortage Still The #1 Issue
It’s been another busy year for BC’s ICI construction sector. Emerging issues are plentiful -- but according to employers, the #1 issue is still the over-arching shortage of skilled workers.
November 15, 2018
Kinetic Construction Courts Young Hockey Players in Bid to Draw More Youth to Career Opportunities in the Trades
This past Friday, the VI Seals squared off against the Northern Capitals (BC) in an early season Female Midget AAA (FMAAA) game at Shawnigan Lake Arena.
October 26, 2018
Angela McKerlich of CapriCMW Insurance Services Ltd. Elected BC Construction Association Board Chair
The British Columbia Construction Association (BCCA) announces the election of Angela McKerlich to the role of Board Chair for the 2018-2019 term, effective immediately.
October 02, 2018
LNG CANADA Invests in BC and Canada: A Generational Milestone Achieved
BCCA and the Regional Construction Associations are very pleased that LNG Canada has made a positive final investment decision.
September 17, 2018
BC 2018 Labour Market Outlook Released
WorkBC has released the 2018 edition of British Columbia's Labour Market Outlook. Here are the key trends for the construction industry over the next 10 years.
August 30, 2018
Response to Federal Court of Appeal's Trans Mountain Pipeline Decision
BCCA is extremely disappointed by the Federal Court of Appeal's Trans Mountain expansion project decision today which undermines Canada’s economy and role on the global stage. This blow to investor confidence comes at a time when BC is already under pressure from new tariffs, taxation, and policy directives.
August 13, 2018
Industry Policies that further validate BCCA’s challenge of the Community Benefits Agreement
The recent Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) announced by Premier Horgan’s government has created a major disruption in our industry.
Tradespeople and employers alike – both union and open shop – are working to understand the details of the 336 page document and what it means for them, following inadequate consultation with industry prior to the release of the policy.
August 02, 2018
Industry Voices - Industry Must Come Together
Premier Horgan's Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) is the most dangerous and disruptive policy to be introduced by any government into our industry in recent memory.
Whether you are a union or an open-shop employer, your basic rights and freedoms as Canadians are being blatantly disregarded, as is government's obligation for fair, open and transparent procurement practises.
July 30, 2018
BCCA does not support Premier Horgan’s new Community Benefits Agreement
Community benefit agreements can be used successfully provided there is adequate industry engagement prior to their roll-out. This CBA did not include adequate industry engagement.
July 27, 2018
Pattullo Procurement Strategy Takes BC Construction a Bridge Too Far
The new Pattullo Bridge Community Benefits Agreement patently illustrates what is unfair with our current government’s policy decision to mandate the nature and extent of procurement requirements in major public construction projects. For BCCA, an association that hinges its principles on fair, open and transparent procurement practices, this agreement is taking public policy in construction tendering a bridge too far.
July 18, 2018
B.C. needs Ministry of the Built Environment to manage construction issues
It’s hard to think the construction sector is in trouble this summer, when everywhere across the province you see tall cranes, seas of hard hats, and traffic cones — all outward signs of a prosperous B.C. economy of which construction is a beneficiary.
March 08, 2018
Premier unveils supports for women building a career in the trades
VICTORIA – Premier John Horgan today announced a suite of initiatives to pave the way for
women working or entering a career in the building trades through improved workplace
supports, services and practices.
January 22, 2018
Q&A: Jigar Patel, Director of Capital Projects, Interior Health Authority
We sat down with Jigar Patel, Director of Capital Projects for Interior Health Authority, to learn more about the procurement team and their work.
January 16, 2018
Q&A: Elizabeth Zhu, Acting Manager, Facilities Procurement Lower Mainland Facilities Management
As a 2017 Best of Procurement honouree, we asked Lower Mainland Facilities Management Health Authorities to answer a couple questions for us.
December 18, 2017
"Best bid" named construction phrase of the year
BCCA named “Best Bid” the most important two words in construction this year, following a statement by Premier Horgan in October to the BC Federation of Labour: “Low bids might be good for BC Liberals, but “best bids” are what we are going to do” said the Premier.
December 12, 2017
2017 Best of Public Procurement
The following procurement stars of 2017 lead the way for others in our competitive industry.