ICBA survey: 80 per cent of employers cannot find enough workers

Journal of Commerce | Evan Saunders | January 25, 2023 The Independent Contractors and Businesses Association’s (ICBA) annual Wage and Benefits Survey is hitting home the message that B.C. employers are finding it increasingly difficult to fill the growing labour void. According to the survey, 80 per cent of employers said they cannot find enough workers and nearly…

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Roof collapse injury can’t stop Cole Bernier from inspiring others

Journal of Commerce | Peter Caulfield | January 24, 2023 In September 2015, on what had been an otherwise ordinary workday, a roof collapsed on Cole Bernier, a 23-year-old carpenter’s apprentice in Kelowna, B.C.   In a split second, Bernier’s life changed forever. The young man sustained significant injuries, including broken vertebrae, a punctured lung and…

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Construction leaders anticipate labour shortages, higher wages in 2023: ICBA

Journal of Commerce | DCN-JOC News Services | January 18, 2023 SURREY, B.C. — Construction companies are anticipating labour shortages, historic wage increases and red tape frustration in 2023, according to a recent survey from the British Columbia Independent Contractors and Businesses Association. “The shortage of people is intensifying as Canada continues to go over a demographic…

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B.C. housing permit changes brings ‘cautious optimism’ for constructors

Journal of Commerce | Evan Saunders | January 23, 2023 Construction industry leaders are welcoming and wary of the Government of British Columbia’s attempt to simplify the housing permit approval process. On Jan. 16, B.C. announced the new Permitting Strategy for Housing, intended to streamline homebuilding and reduce backlog by creating a “one-stop-shop” window for all…

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EllisDon supports women with vests that fit

Journal of Commerce | Don Wall  | January 19, 2023 EllisDon’s new Fit Your Frame campaign, launched to provide construction safety vests to women and gender-nonconforming workers, is about much more than simply providing PPE that fits properly. The initiative, led by the firm’s 2gether inclusive diversity leadership group, involved seeking a supplier that was philosophically…

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WorkSafeBC Policy Update

Published on: January 01, 2023 Policies — Workers Compensation Act The following policies were updated to reflect CPI adjustments, effective January 1, 2023: P2-94-1 – OHS CitationsP2-95-4 – Non-Exclusive Ways to Impose Financial PenaltiesP2-95-5 – OHS Penalty AmountsP5-251-1 – Claims Costs Levies

WorkSafeBC Young Worker Engagement Project

Subject: WorkSafeBC is seeking participants for Young Worker Dialogue Session As you may know, WorkSafeBC regularly engages with young workers, and the employers who hire them, to ensure these workers’ voices are heard when it comes to workplace health and safety. WorkSafeBC seeks feedback from young workers in order to better understand their attitudes and…

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B.C. adds 62,900 jobs in 2022, construction industry grows: Statistics Canada

Journal of Commerce | DCN-JOC News Services | January 10, 2023 VICTORIA — The Province of British Columbia saw substantial job growth throughout 2022, with Statistics Canada reporting 62,900 jobs added. “As British Columbians navigated new global challenges throughout 2022, last year’s job numbers continue to demonstrate that we’re stronger when we work together to tackle big…

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Upcoming BCCWITT Opportunities and Events!

BCCWITT has some upcoming exciting opportunities that we want to share with you! We are currently recruiting entry level Security Systems Technician, and Mechanical Insulation candidates. We are also offering Advocacy 101 training, and a FREE virtual 90-minute Be More Than a Bystander webinar. Below you will find information about the programs, as well as links to our website and application forms. Please share…

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Chronic pain compensation in sore need of an update: BC Building Trades

Journal of Commerce | Evan Saunders | January 16, 2023 Workers’ compensation for chronic pain in British Columbia is in need of an update is it falls further and further behind modern science, says BC Building Trades Workers’ Advocate Merrill O’Donnell. WorkSafeBC’s “approach to chronic pain is inconsistent with the scientific evidence that has been adopted…

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Industry Perspectives Op-Ed: Leave WorkSafeBC Alone

Journal of Commerce | Chris Gardner | December 21, 2022 It’s a well-worn cliché, because it’s sound advice: If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Yet the B.C. government, pushed by the BC Federation of Labour, seems determined to “fix” WorkSafeBC without any meaningful consultation with the very stakeholders who provide all the funding for the…

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With flu season underway, BC Federation of Labour presses for 15 days of paid sick leave

Global News | By Elizabeth McSheffrey & Grace Ke  | December 7, 2022 Less than a year after eligible workers in B.C. became entitled to five days of employer-paid sick leave per year, the B.C. Federation of Labour is urging the provincial government to triple the standard. The call for 15 days comes after the organization representing more than 50 unions…

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‘Jobs to be proud of’: B.C. trades certification prompts celebration and concern

Journal of Commerce | Evan Saunders | December 7, 2022 The return of skilled trades certification to British Columbia after being put on the chopping block nearly two decades ago has been a cause of celebration and concern for construction industry leaders. “This has been a long time coming. The elimination of skilled trades certification in…

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