About David Weir

As the Manager, Industry and Government Relations, David ensures that VRCA members are informed and engaged on the current issues that impact their businesses. With a professional background focused on educating and informing the public through journalism and communications, David strives to engage with policy and decision-makers in government in order to influence positive change within the construction industry and enhance member value.
30 03, 2020

Governments offer financial help during COVID-19

By |March 30th, 2020|In The News|

The governments of Canada and British Columbia have both announced financial measures to help businesses and individuals weather the economic implications of the COVID-19 pandemic. The measures, which are described as first steps, range from wage subsidies to business loans and deferred payments of taxes and import tariffs. Since various program details are still [...]

9 03, 2020

VRCA launches new resource page about novel coronavirus

By |March 9th, 2020|In The News|

With coverage of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak continuing to dominate the news, VRCA has launched a new resource page to help member companies and their employees be informed about the illness and current advice from health professionals. The Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) resource page includes: • Up-to-date information provided by HealthLinkBC; • Advice on [...]

6 03, 2020

VRCA assembles resources for job seekers

By |March 6th, 2020|Advocacy, In The News|

Employment in British Columbia’s construction industry is expected to grow by nearly 8 per cent – approximately 16,600 jobs – over the coming decade. At the same time, B.C.’s construction workforce is getting older. By 2029, some 44,200 men and women – approximately 22 per cent of construction workers – are expected to retire. [...]

2 03, 2020

CBA update – BCIB publishes updated FAQ

By |March 2nd, 2020|Advocacy, Community Benefits Agreement, In The News|

Contractors wanting to understand how B.C.’s Community Benefit Agreement (CBA) will be applied may find the answers they need in an updated Contractor & Subcontractor Q and A document produced by B.C. Infrastructure Benefits Inc. (BCIB). The updated Q&A, which was posted recently to a redesigned BCIB website, provides answers to several questions VRCA [...]

2 03, 2020

Share your concerns on commercial insurance

By |March 2nd, 2020|Advocacy, In The News|

The Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) is aware of concerns related to rising insurance costs for certain lines of business, such as commercial condominium, commercial trucking and school boards. Consumers in other sectors may also experience similar challenges. To address the concerns, IBC has created a National Commercial Insurance Task Force to examine the [...]

24 02, 2020

Lower Mainland short 17,500 skilled trades workers by 2029

By |February 24th, 2020|In The News|

VRCA members surveyed tell us the No. 1 issue keeping them up at night is the skilled labour shortage. And with good reason – the Lower Mainland’s construction industry is busy and unemployment in the construction industry is below 4 per cent, placing it near historic lows. On Feb. 6, BuildForce Canada released its [...]

24 02, 2020

Does your company qualify for investment tax credits?

By |February 24th, 2020|In The News|

Are you looking for an in-person opportunity to explore whether your company may be eligible for Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) investment tax credits? Ben Pritchard, a consultant from London-based Invennt Business Inc., will be in Vancouver from March 4-6 and available to meet with VRCA members. To encourage and boost innovation in [...]

24 02, 2020

VRCA members mentor entrepreneurs developing innovations for construction

By |February 24th, 2020|In The News|

Construction is evolving into a tech-savvy industry with an ever-increasing appetite for innovation. To support this, the Canadian Construction Association (CCA) launched the CONtact innovator mentorship program, creating a platform for aspiring entrepreneurs and innovators to connect with industry leaders to help hone their solution for industry adoption. First piloted in Spring 2019, the [...]

13 01, 2020

Learn how Alberta’s VPM program applies to your company

By |January 13th, 2020|In The News|

Are you a VRCA member working in Alberta? If so, you will want to learn about the new Vendor Performance Management (VPM) program implemented by Alberta Infrastructure to track, analyze, and manage the performance of individual vendors in an effort to control costs, mitigate risks, and drive continuous improvement throughout the contract life cycle. VRCA [...]

6 01, 2020

Deadline approaching to register older non-road diesel engines

By |January 6th, 2020|In The News|

Owners of older forklifts, excavators, and other non-road diesel engines have until the end of January 2020 to register their equipment with Metro Vancouver in order to continue using them across the region. Metro Vancouver requires all Tier 0 and Tier 1 non-road diesel engines, which have little-to-no emission controls, to be registered and [...]

16 12, 2019

Updated version of CCDC 11 is now available

By |December 16th, 2019|CCDC|

An updated version of CCDC 11 – Contractor’s Qualification Statement is now available for purchase through the VRCA store. The 2019 edition of CCDC 11 has been streamlined for a better user experience and includes the following changes from the previous version: The TRIF question has been removed from the table for worker’s compensation [...]

25 11, 2019

Construction innovation = cash back

By |November 25th, 2019|In The News|

Did you know that most Canadian construction businesses are eligible for Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) investment tax credits? SR&ED tax credits are offered by the federal government to offset the cost of innovation and problem-solving in the construction industry. As presented at last week’s Division meetings, the Canadian Construction Association (CCA), Canadian [...]

25 11, 2019

Celebrate Canada’s first National Construction Day

By |November 25th, 2019|Advocacy, Events, In The News|

The Vancouver Regional Construction Association joins the Canadian Construction Association (CCA) and construction associations across the country to mark the first annual National Construction Day on Tuesday, Nov. 26. The objective of the day is to recognize and celebrate the dedicated, hard-working men and women who are instrumental in building and connecting our communities [...]

22 11, 2019

VRCA attends rally demanding government stops the CBA roll-out

By |November 22nd, 2019|Advocacy, Community Benefits Agreement, In The News|

The Vancouver Regional Construction Association (VRCA) joined industry representatives and progressive labour unions at the B.C. legislature on November 19 to demand the provincial government stop the roll-out of its prescriptive and regressive Community Benefits Agreement (CBA), introduced in July 2018. “Our industry is deeply offended at the lack of industry engagement that took [...]

21 10, 2019

Community Benefits Agreement and regional advocacy the focus at November Division meetings

By |October 21st, 2019|Advocacy, Community Benefits Agreement, General Contractors, Manufacturers & Suppliers, Trade Contractors|

The provincial government policy requiring key infrastructure projects to be built using the Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) framework continues to be one of the top issues worrying B.C.’s construction industry. Join us at Division meetings in November to get an update on: The legal challenge to the CBA brought by VRCA and its industry [...]

4 10, 2019

BCLI seeks feedback on proposed changes to Builders Lien Act

By |October 4th, 2019|Advocacy|

The British Columbia Law Institute (BCLI) has issued a Consultation Paper on the Builders Lien Act and is seeking feedback from all sectors of the B.C. construction industry and other stakeholders to detailed proposals for changes to the Act. Read more about the Builders Lien Act Reform Project. BCLI wishes to hear from all [...]

16 09, 2019

Registration open for Broadway Subway Project B2B networking session

By |September 16th, 2019|Events|

VRCA members are invited to attend a business-to-business networking session on October 1 for the Broadway Subway Project where they will meet the three preferred proponent teams bidding on the project. The Province of B.C. has selected three pre-qualified bidding teams to participate in the competitive selection process to design and construct the 5.7km [...]

16 09, 2019

CCA launches federal election advocacy website

By |September 16th, 2019|In The News, Member News, Membership|

In anticipation of the upcoming federal election, the Canadian Construction Association developed an election advocacy website designed to express the construction industry’s issues directly to government by empowering members to easily send a pre-written letter to their local Member of Parliament or election candidate. The website lists CCA’s 2019 advocacy priorities, what CCA is [...]