BCCA welcomes investments in labour mobility and training, and improvements in municipal permitting systems, but these are small commitments that will not help to build the strong foundation needed to ensure Canada remains resilient.
Industry is appalled to see the tabling of Bill 10 this week, which seeks to interfere in workforce dynamics to fix a problem that does not exist.
Making sure the construction industry’s priorities are heard by the candidates in the upcoming federal election and the newly elected federal government.
In our role as the only provincial representative of all employers in BC’s industrial, commercial, and institutional construction industry, BCCA was at the table with government and other industry leaders to ensure all opinions on compulsory trades were adequately represented.
We understand and fully support the need to budget meaningful financial supports for sectors hard-hit by COVID-19, such as tourism and hospitality. It is essential that our government protect businesses in these industries which are, like construction, crucial to our economy and to so many hard-working British Columbians in communities across the province.
The construction industry is used to dueling. In fact, we thrive on it. We go where others don’t, every day, facing down myriad risks inherent in the work we do. Whether its extreme weather, physical hazards on a job site, opaque procurement documents in the office, late payments, labour or supply shortages, equipment malfunctions, biased political moves, new taxes, tariffs, or demonstrators, we face challenge every day. And we prevail. And we build.
It’s encouraging that the government and Wet’suwet’en leaders were able to agree on a promising new protocol for future projects, but this doesn’t resolve the disputes that are happening now and central to the blockades and disruption we’re seeing across Canada. We must respect Indigenous rights and at the same time allow our skilled tradespeople safe access to build the projects which have been legally approved and which they have been hired to build…
Safety is always a priority on job sites and managing the risk of COVID-19 should be no exception. Simply from a human resources perspective, tradespeople can’t work from home, so we strongly encourage employers to provide common-sense advice about the simple actions employees are expected to take to reduce the risk…