Response to the Province’s Community Benefits Agreement Announcement

At the federal, local, and provincial levels, Community Benefit Agreements are seen by government as a way to solve social issues.

Following the government’s announcement on the Community Benefits Agreement, BCCA is very concerned about a potentially limiting approach that may layer on costs and reduce competitive bidding on provincial infrastructure projects.

BCCA is non-partisan, supporting open-shop and union employers, and strongly opposes any procurement practice or program which seeks to confer exclusive bidding rights to firms based upon any system of quotas or legislated wages within the province.

The agreement’s approach to maximizing opportunities for both equity-seeking groups as well as apprenticeships can be valuable; however, it is extremely important that the government proceeds with caution to avoid any unintended negative consequences for both the construction sector and taxpayers.

The government is focusing on inclusivity through support for indigenous and local communities, women and apprentices. But British Columbians may not benefit when 80% of the construction workforce—which is non-union—could face potential barriers to participate in multi-billion dollar public projects.

BCCA is working with our counterparts at the local, provincial and national levels to inform government on the risks of Community Benefit Agreements, and to educate public owners on the use of fair, open, and transparent procurement processes which are an obligation and responsibility of government to taxpayers.


CONTACTS

Lindsay Groves
Lindsay.Goves@bccassn.com
(250) 475 1077


Andree Porter
Andree.Porter@bccassn.com
(250) 475 1077

 

 

 

 

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BCCA Integrated Membership Update 2017

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August 02, 2018

Industry Voices - Industry Must Come Together

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July 18, 2018

Response to the Province’s Community Benefits Agreement Announcement

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February 20, 2018

BC Budget 2018 – What you need to know

“It’s an ambitious budget that is working hard to provide assistance to equity seeking groups, which we can all appreciate. But it’s likely to be hard on small businesses who will see increased expenses – this is concerning because employers already have a significant cost burden. “ - Chris Atchison, President, BCCA
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February 14, 2018

BCCA responds to throne speech

The BC Construction Association is encouraged that yesterday’s Speech from the Throne means good things ahead for all of BC’s tradespeople.
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"Best bid" named construction phrase of the year

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October 30, 2017

Women Build Nations

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BCCA Responds to Budget Announcement

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September 07, 2017

Letter to Michael Atkinson, CCA

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May 22, 2017

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New Construction Industry Report Shows Procurement Drives Innovation

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December 06, 2016

Chris Atchison Named BCCA President

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September 26, 2016

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Construction Innovation Study Shows BC Behind the Curve

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July 20, 2015

Construction File: Job Order Contracting

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July 07, 2015

Harper Government Invests in Trades Training Programs

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May 08, 2015

Construction File: Post Closing Over Budget Negotiations

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

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