Labour and Training Standards

Apprenticeship
To maintain standards of quality for trades people in the construction industry, BCCA supports an efficient system of apprenticeship training that meets the needs of the industry.

Corporate Social Responsibility
BCCA recognizes that corporate social responsibility (CSR) is a rapidly evolving issue and affects companies differently depending on their size, location and specialization. BCCA recognizes the importance of CSR, and encourages companies to voluntarily undertake initiatives that enable them to operate in an economically, socially and environmentally sustainable manner.

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Employment Equity
The BCCA encourages members of the equity target groups to enter career employment in non-traditional occupations within the construction industry, and urges construction employers to voluntarily make a special effort to ensure there are no barriers to the employment of these target groups. The Association is opposed to compulsory programs of employment equity including any systems of quotas.

Employment Standards Act
To ensure the ability of the British Columbia construction industry to remain competitive, Employment Standards legislations must achieve a reasonable balance between social objectives and the cost of meeting the standards that achieve those objectives.

Fair Wage
BCCA opposes legislated wages at any level of government that are targeted specifically at the construction industry.

Gold Seal as Condition of Contract Policy

Labour Relations
To ensure effective representation of the construction industry on matters related to labour legislation and regulations, the positions taken by the BCCA will be the result of consultation with all relevant sectors.

Minority Preferences And Set-aside Programs
The BC Construction Association strongly endorses the principle that neither the sex, race, religion, nor geographic domicile within the Province of the principal owners of a firm, its employees, or labour force, should be a consideration in the procurement of construction materials or services. Furthermore, the Association vigorously opposes any procurement practice or program, which seeks to confer exclusive bidding rights to firms based upon any of the foregoing characteristics.

Pay Equity
The BCCA believes that the existing (1995) Human Rights legislation is the appropriate vehicle for dealing with pay equity issues.

Unpaid Or Subsidized Workers
In order to maintain equitable tendering practices and to ensure the specified quality of workmanship, with the exception of persons employed as part of a job training or educational program, the BC Construction Association does not support the use of non-paid workers, workers receiving alternate compensation, or workers who are part of workfare programs, for the construction of public capital facilities.

In circumstances where these workers are to be used, full disclosure of all relevant information must be made available to all bidders in advance of the call for tenders.

Use Of Owner Forces

  • BCCA promotes the use by government of the private sector for construction and engineering services, as this practice serves to develop more private sector capability.
  • BCCA recognizes an owner's need for minor maintenance/emergency staff, but supports all capital projects being competitively tendered.
  • BCCA opposes government-owned or controlled entities competing for construction contracts.
  • BCCA opposes the government's practice of supporting crown corporations that compete with the private sector.

Workplace Standards

Safety
BCCA supports the maintenance of a safe and healthy workplace and supports the construction safety measures referred to in Part VIII of the National Building Code of Canada as the minimum safety standard in Canada for construction work.

Workers Compensation Board
BCCA supports the active involvement of BCCA and the BCCA/Council of Construction Associations in all matters related to WCB legislation and regulations.

Government Regulation

Coordination Of Building Codes
BCCA supports the rationalization and province-wide standardization of building codes. The BCCA believes that building codes should deal exclusively with issues of building standards for public health and safety, and should exclude social policy objectives.

Environmental Legislation
BCCA believes that environmental regulations should be required only when there is a clear and demonstrable public policy objective. In an effort to limit regulations, environmental regulations impacting the construction industry should be implemented in consultation with BCCA.

Freedom Of Enterprise
BCCA supports an economic and political system based on individual freedom and the competitive free enterprise system.

Lien Act
BCCA supports the Lien Legislation and endorses a recurring evaluation to ensure that it meets the needs of the industry and inherent objectives of the Act.

Regulatory Burden
BCCA believes that regulations should be used only when there is a clear and demonstrable public policy objective where operational and economic impacts are outweighed by the objective.

Taxation
BCCA opposes the imposition of corporate and other capital taxes.

Construction contracts for work in British Columbia include provisions that ensure all bidders comply with provincial taxation regulations.


Contractor Qualification

Accreditation
BCCA supports an industry driven program for the accreditation of contractors for the purpose of supporting and maintaining acceptable standards of industry practices.

Bidder Qualification
On public funded projects of $100,000 or more a contractor's ability to bid is determined solely by the bidder's capability to provide bonding. A clause requiring a bidder to submit details of their experience or financial status in the bid documents should not be included. BCCA believes that all qualified firms, without limiting the number of bidders, should be permitted to bid on publicly funded projects of $100,000 or more, and that on such projects bidders' lists should not be restricted to an "invited" list. If the contract is awarded, it is awarded to the lowest compliant bidder.

Pre-qualification
BCCA and its regional associations recognize the need for Pre-qualification in limited circumstances. Generally the ability of the Contractor to secure the necessary bonds is the sole criteria by which Contractors should be pre-qualified. Where it is deemed through the use of the Pre-Qualification Best Practice Checklist* that a pre-qualification is appropriate, the use of the CCDC 29 A Guide to Pre-qualification should be implemented to ensure a fair, open and transparent pre-qualification process, for General Contractors and Trade Contractors.

Click here for the BCCA Guideline: Procurement Pre-Qualification Checklist 2017

*Source: Recommended Best Practices for Pre-Qualification for Selection of General Contractors and Consulting Services. Source: http://www.fin.gov.bc.ca/tbs/camf.htm Copyright 2016 Province of British Columbia. Reproduced with permission.

Construction Contract Administration

Deficiencies
Where there are deficiencies, the consultant should provide the contractor with a complete and concise list to enable completion by a mutually accepted date. Funds held back for deficiencies should be based on the value of the outstanding work and should not exceed two times said value.

Markups To Changes Of The Work
BCCA endorses the standard markups for Overhead and Profit for changes to the work as defined in CCA16 Guidelines For Determining The Costs Associated With Performing Changes In The Work; 20% on the GC's own work and 15% on the trade contractors work.