The Council of Construction Associations (COCA) represents most of British Columbia’s construction associations (20 in all) and acts on behalf of the construction industry in WorkSafeBC matters. COCA works to present a united front and a systematic approach to WorkSafeBC issues. COCA initiates and responds to legislative, regulatory, policy and practice issues within the workers’ compensation system in BC. COCA also assists individual contractors with their WorkSafeBC concerns.
A summary of key 2018 activities /issues follows:
Q1 – January to March
- Prepared COCA budget and administratively set up the schedule for membership dues for 2018.
- January 1st, ICBA announced they would be joining COCA as a member.
- January 11th met with Don Schouten, Manager, Industry Liaison Regulatory Practices, to discuss upcoming regulations and our joint engagement strategy.
- January 24th held a ‘Special Membership Meeting’ regarding WorkSafeBC’s COR program.
- January 24th met with BCCA to discuss COR’s governance model and intrinsic relationship.
January 25th, met with Brooks Patterson, WorkSafeBC Board Member, regarding WorkSafeBC’s COR program and other matters.
- January 29th, met with Chris Gardner, CEO of the ICBA. Discussed respective roles, WorkSafeBC’s COR program, and how we can work together to serve the construction industry.
- January 29th, met with Clyde Scollan, President CLR to discuss WorkSafeBC’s COR program.
- Met with Dale Walker, Vice-president, Employer, Industry & Worker Services to discuss COR concerns.
- February 2nd, met with Don Schouten, Manager, Industry Liaison Regulatory Practices, Lee Loftus, BC Building Trades to discuss a process for bulletin development.
- February 5th, met with Trevor Hughes, Deputy Minister of Labour to discuss the new governments priorities as they concern WorkSafeBC and to provide some of the critical issues that matter to BC’s Construction Sector.
- February 6th, met with Trevor Alexander, Senior VP at WorkSafeBC to discuss WorkSafeBC’s COR program. The meeting was subsequently attended by Dale Walker, vice-president, Employer, Industry & Worker Services and Chis Back, Manager Industry and Labour Services.
- February 19th, an organized delegation from all of the organizations representing the BC Construction Sector met behind closed doors with Diana Miles (WSBC CEO) and Trevor Alexander (WSBC Senior Vice-president) and Dale walker (WSBC Vice-president) to discuss COR and Constructions interests.
- February 8th, met with Don Schouten, Manager, Industry Liaison Regulatory Practices, to discuss upcoming regulations and our joint engagement strategy.
- February 14th, COCA attended ICBA’s Annual CEO’s breakfast.
- February 15th, attended a pre-consultation session at WorkSafeBC office concerning Part 3 of the shoring regulations.
- February 26th, met with Chris Gardner, CEO, and Tim McEwan, Senior Vice President of the ICBA.
- February 28th, met with Don Schouten, Manager, Industry Liaison Regulatory Practices, to discuss upcoming regulation changes.
- March 2nd, provided WorkSafeBC with written feedback on WSBC proposed changes to First Aid Requirements (Table).
- March 13th, met with the Premier and Minister of Labour at the BC Legislature. Also in attendance, Clyde Scollan, President CLR and Chris Atchison, President of BCCA and their respective Chairs.
- March 14th COCA submitted a paper on proposed changes to the Permanent Disability Evaluation Schedule.
- March the 15th, held a conference call with the National Energy Board regarding requested consultation feedback.
- March 15th, COCA consulted with Paul Petrie (consultant) regarding his review of WorkSafeBC’s Claims Program.
- March 26th, COCA provided comment to the JOC regarding WorkSafeBC’s COR program.
Q2 – April to June
Q3 – July to September
Q4 – September to December
* COCA continues to support individual companies with specific WorkSafeBC matters/ issues.