B.C. construction groups help found COVID-19 business cabinet

DCN-JOC News Services | March 19, 2020

VANCOUVER — The B.C. business community has announced the creation of the COVID-19 Cabinet to address the significant impacts on our economy in these unprecedented times. The cabinet includes representatives from the construction community like the Independent Businesses and Contractors Association (ICBA), BC Construction Association (BCCA), BC Road Builders & Heavy Construction Association and the Construction Labour Relations Association of BC (CLR).

“We are living through a crisis on a scale not seen in generations — it is essential that government and business come together to support individuals, families and communities,” said Chris Gardner, ICBA president. “Fast action combined with bold and visionary policy measures are needed to restore confidence and provide reassurance to British Columbians worried about their jobs, their families and their futures.”

The group represents business, labour and employees, and allows for collaboration and quick response to changes in the business environment.  It will work with government to share information and advocate on behalf of the BC business community and workers to ensure their voices are heard.

The group plans to work collectively to share information on the impacts of COVID-19 and will provide a point of contact for government as it creates policies, programs and measures to support business and workers to address the significant economic impacts.

Here is the full list of representatives:

  • Business Council of British Columbia
  • Greater Vancouver Board of Trade
  • BC Chamber of Commerce
  • Independent Contractors and Businesses Association
  • Canadian Federation of Independent Business
  • Council of Forest Industries
  • Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers
  • Association of Consulting Engineering Companies BC
  • Association for Mineral Exploration BC
  • BC Restaurant and Foodservices Association
  • Urban Development Institute
  • BC LNG Alliance
  • BC Hotel Association
  • BC Trucking Association
  • Vancouver Economic Commission
  • BC Construction Association
  • BC Care Providers Association
  • Mining Association of BC
  • BC Gaming Industry
  • BC Real Estate Association
  • Ketchum Communications
  • Surrey Board of Trade
  • Motion Picture Industry Association
  • BC Maritime Employers Association
  • BC Tech Association
  • BC Salmon Farmers
  • The Alliance of Beverage Licensees
  • Chartered Professional Accountants of BC
  • Construction Labour Relations Association of BC
  • Tourism Association of BC
  • BC Farmers’ Association
  • BC Road Builders & Heavy Construction Association
  • BC Economic Development Association

The group will be reaching out to other organizations in the coming days to support B.C. business, labour and workers to address challenges and ensure economic recovery in the coming weeks and months.

“The health and safety of citizens is priority number one – but there’s a window for businesses here, too. Our long-term economic resilience and ultimate recovery will be a function of how governments listen to the timely intelligence coming from the business community today,” said Val Litwin, president and CEO, BC Chamber of Commerce.