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The Council of Construction Associations (COCA) was created to present a united front and systematic approach to WorkSafeBC, Technical Safety BC and the Provincial Government in regards to construction’s workplace health and safety interests. COCA represents BC construction associations from every sector and size company, both union and non-union. Our industry contributes over $240 million in assessments to WorkSafeBC – about 20% of WorkSafeBC assessment revenue.

The average assessment rate for the Construction Industry is about half of what it was over 20 years ago, when COCA began.

COCA represents the interests of the Construction Industry in its dealings with the WorkSafeBC, Technical Safety BC and the Provincial Government. By presenting a unified voice, COCA is able to actively promote issues that are important to the industry as a whole.  The primary role of COCA is focused in three main areas:

  • Developing consensus on construction policy positions, and
  • Addressing legislative, regulatory, policy and practice issues within the workers’ health and safety system in BC, and
  • Assisting individual employers, contractors and associations with their WorkSafeBC concerns.

Through our activities, COCA acts as a valuable channel between the construction industry and WorkSafeBC, Technical Safety BC and the Provincial Government, ensuring that the needs of the industry are addressed effectively.

COCA’s membership is comprised of construction and trade associations operating in BC.  Funding associations participate on the Council to ensure that COCA remains safety focussed, self directed and responsive to the changing needs of industry.   Committee members are drawn from member/partner associations to govern COCA activities. The BC Construction Association is a majority funder and co-founder which provides administrative support and acts in capacity of secretariat.

The COCA Board thanks all of its member associations for their ongoing support.

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COCA has set up a member Help Desk for Covid-19 WorkSafeBC-related questions and concerns in an effort to expedite and, where possible, provide interim answers to your questions. 

Please forward your questions in our template to  covidhelpdesk@cocabc.ca.   We will do our best to get back to you quickly.

A collection of the questions and responses is included in our Members area. Contact your Association for access.