BC 2017 Labour Market Outlook Released

WorkBC has released the 2017 edition of British Columbia's Labour Market Outlook. The report provides up-to-date information on the types of jobs and skills that will be in demand in B.C. between now and 2027. Below are some of the highlights and trends impacting the construction industry. An emerging theme from the Outlook is that success increasingly requires adaptability and the ability to transfer skills and competencies; construction is about careers, not jobs.

General

  • 917,000 job openings between now and 2027
  • 70% due to workers leaving the workforce (mostly due to retirements)
  • 48% of the openings will be filled by first time entrants
  • Unemployment rate is expected to fall to 4.9% by 2027

Construction Industry

  • Construction is # 7 overall in job openings by industry group
  • Construction is # 2 in replacement jobs – 57,100 (97%)
  • Negligible amount of job expansion at only 2,000

Construction Occupations

  • Trades and Equipment Operators are one of the top five groups for job openings:
  • 94,800 replacement jobs and 21,300 expansion jobs
  • 3,500 Construction Senior Managers make the list of High Demand Occupation openings requiring a degree and significant work experience. This occupation has the second highest wage overall at $80.13/hour.
  • Contractors, supervisors, and Heavy Equipment Operators make the list of high demand occupations requiring certificate or apprenticeship training

Construction Changes to the High Demand Occupations List

  • Plumber is one of 7 occupations removed from the High Demand List
  • 0 construction jobs are added to the High Demand List
  • Contractors and Supervisors, and heavy equipment operator crews are “moving to balance” (slower growth and greater supply): one of 8 occupations that will stay on the list but are likely to be removed
  • 27 Occupations important to ICI projects (page 44) are now balanced and there is no longer a need to encourage expansion of training capacity

Stat Pack Labour Market Outlook Jobs Openings

Labour Marketing Outlook Construction High Demand Trades

 

 

 

 

 

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October 30, 2017

Women Build Nations

In Chicago on October 14-15, nearly 1700 tradeswomen from across North America came together with their own anthem, Women Build Nations.
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October 03, 2017

Fewer BC Youth Entering Trades for First Time in 4 Years

The BC Construction Association (BCCA) is reporting a decrease in the proportion of BC high school graduates entering the construction trades, in key figures released today for the province’s industrial, commercial, and institutional construction sector.
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September 25, 2017

Deputy Minister’s Industry Infrastructure Forum (DMIIF)

After a brief hiatus during the recent election period, the DMIIF brings together Deputy Ministers from the six big infrastructure ministries with industry representatives to work together on big issues that impact the construction industry.
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September 12, 2017

BCCA Responds to Budget Announcement

BCCA fully supports a budget that puts families and working people first. Given the size of our sector and the role that contractors and their workforces play in the provincial economy, we believe that all issues are in some way construction industry issues.
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September 07, 2017

Letter to Michael Atkinson, CCA

The BC Construction Association, as the voice for the industrial, commercial, and institutional (ICI) construction sector in British Columbia, supports CCA’s participation in the above-mentioned coalition letter opposing the federal government’s tax proposals affecting incorporated small businesses.
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May 22, 2017

2017 BC Election Results: Key Issues Impacting the Construction Industry

Premier Clark holds a minority government but has not resigned, pledging to recall the MLAs to the Legislature by the end of June. At that time, the NDP and the Green Party (who have officially allied to form a majority) will present a non-confidence motion in Clark and the Liberal Party. Here’s how they stand on key issues impacting our industry...
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May 17, 2017

New Construction Industry Report Shows Procurement Drives Innovation

The British Columbia Construction Association (BCCA) has published a follow-up to its Innovation Report (February 2016), which revealed BC’s construction sector lags behind other jurisdictions when it comes to innovation. The new report is called “Procuring Innovation” and lays out the case for the sector to recognize the procurement process as the key for driving innovative projects and sector development.
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December 06, 2016

Chris Atchison Named BCCA President

The British Columbia Construction Association (BCCA) announced today that Chris Atchison has been named incoming President, replacing retiring incumbent Manley McLachlan. The handover will begin on January 3, with McLachlan staying on in an advisory capacity until March 31, 2017.
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September 26, 2016

Ross McLean Receives Distinguished Service Award

The BC Construction Association has awarded a Distinguished Service Award to Houle Electric’s Regional Manager Ross McLean, in recognition of his contributions to the growth and stature of British Columbia’s construction industry.
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April 25, 2016

50 job placements already secured by LNG Canada Connect program

Connecting qualified workers with job opportunities in the skilled trades in Terrace and Kitimat is crucial to successful workforce development, particularly for the nascent LNG industry. To address this challenge, B.C. Construction Association (BCCA) teamed up with LNG Canada to create the LNG Canada Connect initiative. This initiative is completely funded by LNG Canada and is an extension of our Skilled Trades Employment Program (STEP).
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February 23, 2016

BC Construction Industry Hiring Workers Back From Alberta

VICTORIA, BC – Strong activity in British Columbia’s construction industry is drawing skilled workers back to the province from Alberta and more young people are entering the trades, according to the 2016 Construction Industry Survey released today by the BC Construction Association, in partnership with Progressive Contractors Association and Construction Labour Relations.
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February 18, 2016

Construction Innovation Study Shows BC Behind the Curve

The British Columbia Construction Association (BCCA) has published an industry study that reveals BC’s construction sector is lagging behind other jurisdictions when it comes to innovation. “BC is a leader in green building, wood, and procurement technologies, but we have catching up to do in most areas of construction innovation,” says Manley McLachlan, President of the BCCA. “Construction is an extremely competitive industry: employers are holding their cards close. The result is that we’re great at on-the-job problem solving but too often missing the big picture.”
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February 01, 2016

BC Ironworkers to Help Rebuild Lakay Trade School in Haiti

Five members of the Local 97 of the Ironworkers Union of BC are volunteering their time to help rebuild the Lakay Trade School in Haiti. The school is a new two story steel structure, and the Canadian welders will bolt and weld the vertical alignment and attach the steel sheeting to the second floor and roof.
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December 22, 2015

Construction File: Onerous Bidding Conditions in 2015

The soon-to-be-published ‘Building a BC Construction Innovation Strategy’ (a joint initiative of BCCA and the Home Owner Protection Office) points out one of the biggest hindrances to innovation and productivity in the construction industry: the inequitable allocation of risk down the supply chain to those least able to support it.
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July 20, 2015

Construction File: Job Order Contracting

To support public owners in their efforts to hold themselves accountable to taxpayers through fair open, and transparent procurement practises, the BCCA offers Thresholds for Procurement of Publicly Funded Construction policy.
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July 07, 2015

Harper Government Invests in Trades Training Programs

The Honourable John Duncan, Minister of State, Chief Government Whip, and Member of Parliament for Vancouver Island North, on behalf of the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification (WD), announced $1.6 million in funding to the British Columbia Construction Association (BCCA).
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June 29, 2015

BC Building Act & Guide

The Building Act is new legislation introduced in spring 2015. The Building Act is B.C.'s first act dedicated just to building and construction - it's designed to modernize and streamline the building regulatory system.
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May 08, 2015

Construction File: Post Closing Over Budget Negotiations

The rationale of the tender process is to replace negotiation with competition and, subject to the terms of the tender documents, negotiation is generally not permitted in the tender process. One of the primary reasons why negotiation is not permitted is to prevent bid shopping. Generally, where the tender documents expressly permit negotiation, negotiation is only permissible so long as it is consistent with what is expressly provided in the tender documents.
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April 28, 2015

Wood Innovation Design Center (WIDC) Wins Award for Innovation in Architecture

BCCA would like to congratulate Michael Green Architecture on its Award of Excellence for Innovation in Architecture, received for the design of the Wood Innovation Design Center (WIDC) in Prince George, BC. The eigh-storey building is the first tall wood building in Canada built beyond current building codes, and North America’s tallest contemporary timber building.
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June 17, 2014

Construction File: Prompt Payment Creates a Sustainable Industry

Construction work is project based, with unique project teams assembled through a tendering process. These project teams typically involve an owner who is the buyer of construction services from a general contractor, who in turn employs sub-contractors and often sub-sub-contractors. Add numerous suppliers to the mix, at all levels of the contracting pyramid.
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January 30, 2014

Construction File: Fair Markups on Changes to the Work

The impact of changes in the scope of work – both time and money – is probably the single most disputed issue in construction. Therefore, in order to keep the project moving toward completion, the contractual provisions governing changes must be fair as well as effective in encouraging the timely resolution of cost and time issues. However, feedback from contractors is that change order markups are a major issue. Two decades ago, the discussion about markups on changes to the work was not as intense as it is today. What has changed?
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August 20, 2013

Construction File: BidCentral implements new e-bonding

When the British Columbia Construction Association (BCCA) introduced online bidding three years ago – in the form of the BidCentral platform – there was one element of the process anticipated to go through the most significant evolution: the protocol for the submission of bid bonds online. Or, as it has now commonly become known: e-bonding.
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April 18, 2013

Construction File: Aboriginal Business Enhancement and Set-Aside Programs

With little to no exception, all levels of government within Canada have an aspiration to further economic development through their purchasing conduct – often highlighting specific populations and objectives. In addition to established policies, public sector entities continue to learn and expand policy and processes to do with minority groups such as Aboriginal suppliers. Recent examples in our province can be drawn from tenders for civil construction projects where preference is given to contractors who hire Aboriginal workers or who engage in Joint Venture with Aboriginal companies.
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January 03, 2013

Construction File: Liquidated Damages Clause

A liquidated damages clause will be enforceable where it represents a genuine pre-estimate of the damages an owner will likely suffer as a result of a contractor’s delay. However, where a liquidated damages clause is excessive and objectively unreasonable, it will likely be considered a penalty clause and will be unenforceable.
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February 13, 2012

Construction File: Onerous Bidding Conditions Continue to Trouble Industry

In our January 2007 Construction File we published how we were going to be issuing Contractor Alerts to bring attention to the onerous clauses that contractors see as an impediment to bidding on projects. In the five years since we introduced this protocol we have issued several Contractor Alerts. On the projects where it has been used it has been effective in educating contractors of the risks of onerous bidding conditions.
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April 12, 2011

Construction File: BidCentral - By the Industry for the Industry

Since the early days of Building Exchanges, facilitating and managing public construction bids has been a focal point for construction associations. The BC Construction Association (BCCA) and its regional construction association partners BCCA North, Southern Interior Construction Association, BCCA Vancouver Island and Vancouver Regional Construction Association, are no exception to this rule.
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February 24, 2011

Construction File: The Pitfalls of Incomplete Contract Documents

In providing a price, contractors expect that the contract documents are complete and reflect the project requirements, and that any changes, errors or omissions from the documents will lead to a change order with commensurate adjustment to both the contract price and duration. As the bidding is done in a competitive environment, contractors and their subcontractors are reluctant to add allowances to their tendered price, fearing that they will not be successful as low bidder.
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September 14, 2009

Construction File: BCCA introduces the Electronic Bidding System

The BCCA Electronic Bidding System is one component of the on-line bidding tools that were developed by BCCA along with Infinite Source Systems. What has been built is a seamless system that has the capability to eventually include everyone in the bidding chain from material suppliers bidding to sub
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May 12, 2009

Construction File: Liquidated Damages Clauses

By their very nature, liquidated damages clauses in contracts cause an adversarial relationship to exist from the outset on a construction project. Such clauses are used in contracts to assign financial responsibility to the contractor for damages that are likely to be incurred by the owner if the specified schedule is not met.
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April 16, 2008

Construction File: Use of Standard Documents Reduces Risks

When documents contain clauses that discourage contractors from bidding, raise the costs associated with bidding, add onerous risk, or limit the competition to a select few bidders, it may come at a cost to the owner. Such an outcome creates the potential for unfairness or misuse of public funds.
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March 01, 2007

Construction File: The Importance of Planholder Lists

Providing Planholder Lists to members is a core service provided for decades by the Construction Associations all across Canada. For example the Construction Association of Victoria, which started in 1912 as a Builders Exchange, is the oldest Construction Association west of Winnipeg and it has likely collected Planholders Lists almost from the very beginning of its 95 year existence.
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