BCCA Apprenticeship Services Funding Available

BC construction employers can receive up to $40,000 for registering first-year apprentices in any of 39 Red Seal Trades. Apprentices can be new hires or current employees. There are no restrictions on how the funds may be spent.Learn more and apply today through BCCA Apprenticeship Services. These funds are provided by the Government of Canada…

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A Conversation with John Horgan – November 17th

The BC Chamber of Commerce is delighted to host John Horgan at a luncheon event – Closing Comments: A Conversation with Premier John Horgan  – on November 17, that will provide our outgoing Premier with opportunity to share his candid perspective on his time in politics, the accomplishments and challenges faced by his government, and offer some…

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WorkSafeBC expert encourages rethinking risk to ensure safety

Journal of Commerce | Warren Frey | October 26, 2022 Risk reduction needs a hierarchical approach along with a holistic outlook, according to one safety expert. WorkSafeBC prevention officer Steven Mah explained highlights of the provincial regulator’s Construction High Risk Strategy (HRS) at the British Columbia Construction Safety Alliance’s (BCCSA) Health and Safety conference held in…

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WorkSafeBC develops new self-evaluation tool for manufacturing sector

Journal of Commerce | DCN-JOC News Services | October 27, 2022 VANCOUVER – WorkSafeBC, British Columbia’s safety regulator, is introducing a new self-evaluation tool for employers in the province’s manufacturing sector to identify and address gaps in occupational health and safety programs. B.C.’s manufacturing industry has an injury rate 24 per cent higher than the provincial…

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Construction Industry Rehabilitation Plan Survey – Still Open!

Construction workers account for a disproportionate number of overdose deaths. Through the pandemic, the opioid crisis has further worsened. The Construction Industry Rehabilitation Plan (CIRP) is a union and employer funded organization dedicated to providing treatment for substance use and related mental health issues. CIRP is in the process of assessing how to best meet…

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Insurance Essentials: Contractor insurance is vital during recessions

Journal of Commerce | Jon Hogg | October 12, 2022 Amidst the spectre of a looming recession, builders and contractors are understandably looking for ways to lower their operating costs. However, reducing your insurance coverage, particularly during a recession, is not wise. Regrettably, curtailing construction site theft is not a new dilemma. It’s estimated the cost…

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BCCA announces new board chair

Journal of Commerce | DCN-JOC News Services  | October 20, 2022 VICTORA — The British Columbia Construction Association (BCCA) has announced Anthony Minniti has been elected as board chair for the 2022-2023 term effective immediately.  Minniti is based in Victoria and is CGI Constructor’s vice-president of operations for Canada and served on the board of directors…

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2022 Collective Perspective Survey

On behalf of the BC Chamber of Commerce: The 2022 Collective Perspective Survey was released yesterday with completion date/time Friday, October 21, 2022 at 5.00pm (PST). This annual survey captures insight from businesses of every size, and from every sector and region in the province — making it the largest economic snapshot of B.C.’s business environment. The survey results will…

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Inspectional Focus- Prevention of Flyform Failures

WorkSafe prevention officers will be inspecting flyforms on construction sites throughout the Vancouver lower mainland and in Victoria, starting November 1. Why Flyforms? Between August 2020 and March 2021 there were five significant incidents where a flyform on a concrete high rise was being moved (i.e., cycled) and a structural component failed.  These actions resulted…

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Employment Standards Amendment for the Employment of Young People

The British Columbia Ministry of Labour has approved amendments to the Employment Standards Regulation identifying work that is considered too hazardous for children and young people to perform. The amendments have now been approved and come into force on January 1, 2023. The regulation completes the work started with the 2019 amendments to the Employment Standards…

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Technical skills gap could have major impact in 2023, economist tells MCAC

Journal of Commerce | Don Wall | October 3, 2022 Analysts generally speak of Canada’s ICI construction workforce crunch in terms of raw recruiting numbers but the problem is compounded by a lack of technical trade skills, a BuildForce economist told a conference of mechanical contractors recently. With construction unemployment now sitting at two or three…

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Recent work-related incidents reported to WorkSafeBC

September 26, 2022 Construction incident summaries are based on information obtained as soon as possible after the incidents: they are preliminary and subject to change. Details have been edited to protect workers’ privacy. See additional summaries online. Injury Type: Penetrating wound Core Activity: House or other wood frame contracting, construction, or renovation work Location: Vancouver Island/Coastal B.C. Date of…

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BCCA’s federally funded apprenticeship drive officially begins

Journal of Commerce | DCN-JOC News Services | September 29, 2022 VICTORIA  – British Columbia’s construction employers can now start to access $40,000 through the British Columbia Construction Association (BCCA) to offset the costs of onboarding and training first-year apprentices in 39 Red Seal trades. The initial funding is part of a previously announced $21 million…

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HAVAN’s Bringing it Home Campaign

HAVAN’s “Bringing it Home” campaign is created to inform and engage municipal candidates across Metro Vancouver, and to advocate on behalf of our members. 2022 Municipal Elections With municipal elections being held across BC on October 15, 2022, there is no doubt that housing will be at the top of the list of issues that…

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HAVAN’s Career Expo

November 1, 2022 11:00 AM – November 5, 2022 7:00 PM (PDT) Source Real Time Leads. Profile Your Company as an Industry Leader. In response to the industry’s skilled labour shortage, under the support of CHBA BC and presenting sponsor FortisBC, HAVAN’s Women’s Council is launching the inaugural online Residential Construction Career Expo on November…

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WorkSafeBC imposes more than $719,000 fine for asbestos violations

Journal of Commerce | DCN-JOC News Services | September 20, 2022 KIMBERLEY, B.C. — WorkSafeBC has imposed a massive penalty on GFL Environmental for failure to provide workers with personal protective equipment (PPE) when conducting asbestos abatement work. The Kimberley, B.C. company is being fined $719,488.79, the maximum administrative penalty that can be imposed in 2022,…

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