15 04, 2019

VRCA welcomes trade tribunal’s recommendation to end safeguards on five of seven types of steel

By |April 15th, 2019|Advocacy, In The News|

The Vancouver Regional Construction Association (VRCA) joins the Canadian Construction Association (CCA) in welcoming the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT) recommendations to terminate preliminary safeguards imposed on five of seven categories of steel products. “We’re pleased that CITT is recommending an end to safeguards on five categories of steel products,” said Fiona Famulak, VRCA [...]

21 01, 2019

Separating fact from fake on the B.C government’s infrastructure deal

By |January 21st, 2019|Advocacy, Community Benefits Agreement, In The News|

Do you support forcing the Canucks to play with half of their own players while having the other half assigned to them at game time? We suspect few would agree to such a proposal, yet that’s exactly what the B.C. Government is asking construction companies to do under its Community Benefits Agreement (CBA). Paul [...]

14 01, 2019

Have you seen the resources on VRCA’s website to help members get relief from steel import tariffs?

By |January 14th, 2019|Advocacy|

VRCA member companies can apply for targeted relief from Canadian tariffs on certain imports from both U.S. and non-U.S. sources using links found on VRCA’s website. On Dec. 19, the Government of Canada announced targeted surtax relief on imports of steel and aluminum products for specific companies facing particular circumstances, such as contractual obligations, and [...]

26 11, 2018

Canadian Construction Association applauds initiatives in federal government’s fall economic update

By |November 26th, 2018|Advocacy|

The Government of Canada published its fall economic update on Nov. 21. Below is the statement that CCA released for member information.  Canadian Construction Association applauds government’s initiatives to restore business confidence The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) applauds the government’s efforts to restore business confidence in Canada as stated in the fall economic update [...]

26 11, 2018

Urgent feedback needed regarding steel safeguards (tariffs)

By |November 26th, 2018|Advocacy|

VRCA continues to advocate vigorously on its members' behalf to secure a solution to the tariffs on U.S. steel and aluminum and safeguards (tariffs) on non-U.S. steel products. At very short notice, via the B.C. Construction Association, we have been asked by the Trade Policy and Negotiations Branch of B.C.’s Ministry of Jobs, Trade [...]

19 11, 2018

BCCA shares BCIB’s responses regarding the Community Benefits Agreement

By |November 19th, 2018|Advocacy, Community Benefits Agreement|

There are many questions about the Community Benefits Agreement that can’t be answered by reading the agreement itself. Some, but not all, of the questions were answered during a recent meeting between the B.C. Construction Association (BCCA) and BC Infrastructure Benefits (BCIB). Based on member feedback at the Oct. 17 Division meeting, VRCA compiled [...]

29 10, 2018

VRCA acts on recommendations from October Division meeting

By |October 29th, 2018|Advocacy, In The News|

Members of VRCA’s three Divisions came together for a combined Division meeting Oct. 17 at Coast Appliances’ Vancouver headquarters. The meeting featured updates on four of VRCA’s active advocacy files: Steel and aluminum tariffs; Prompt Payment; Proportional Representation; and Community Benefits Agreement. The meeting also produced a set of recommended next steps, many of [...]

22 10, 2018

Who really benefits from community benefits agreements?

By |October 22nd, 2018|Advocacy, Community Benefits Agreement, Events, In The News|

VRCA and Mierau Contractors Ltd. are co-sponsoring the Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce November luncheon Nov. 1. The topic is: "Who really benefits from community benefits agreements?" The guest speaker will be Ken Baerg, executive director of Canada Works. Baerg is a seasoned labour relations strategist and practitioner who is passionate about supporting sustainable and [...]

1 10, 2018

VRCA launches advocacy section on its website

By |October 1st, 2018|Advocacy, Community Benefits Agreement, In The News|

As British Columbia’s oldest and largest regional construction association, the Vancouver Regional Construction Association (VRCA) represents the general and trade contractors, manufacturers, suppliers and various professional services providers who operate in the industrial, commercial and institutional construction industry in the Lower Mainland. As such, VRCA publicly takes positions and speaks out on business issues [...]

13 08, 2018

BCCA aiming to have prompt payment legislation tabled next spring

By |August 13th, 2018|Advocacy, In The News|

The British Columbia Construction Association (BCCA) is working with industry stakeholders, including VRCA, to get a legislative solution addressing the need for prompt payment in B.C. on the table for the Spring 2019 legislative session. Lack of prompt payment is one of the most significant issues in the construction sector. When contractors don’t get [...]

13 08, 2018

BCCA launches letter campaign to fight Community Benefits Agreement

By |August 13th, 2018|Advocacy, Community Benefits Agreement, In The News|

The BC Construction Association (BCCA), on behalf of the four regional construction associations, has launched a letter-writing campaign against the Community Benefits Agreement for key infrastructure projects in B.C. Trades people and owners of construction companies are encouraged to sign a pre-drafted letter that will be sent to B.C. Premier John Horgan explaining why [...]

9 07, 2018

BC announces new procurement strategy

By |July 9th, 2018|Advocacy, In The News|

The Government of B.C. is introducing a new procurement strategy that aims to change the way government buys goods and services and make it easier for businesses to access opportunities. In its June 25 announcement, the provincial government said its modernized approach to procurement will remove barriers for small, medium and Indigenous businesses; promote [...]

12 03, 2018

Prompt Payment BC advocates for provincial legislation

By |March 12th, 2018|Advocacy|

Nationwide, $46 billion in construction invoices remained unpaid beyond a 30-day period, an amount representing approximately 16 per cent of the estimated $285 billion in annual construction activity in Canada. Worse yet, between 2007 and 2012, the average duration of receivables increased by more than 13 per cent, rising from 62.8 days to 71.1 [...]

12 03, 2018

BCCA tapped to develop supports for women building a career in the trades

By |March 12th, 2018|Advocacy, In The News, Women In Construction|

The BC Construction Association has been selected as one of two groups that will develop a a range of programs designed to help women working or entering a career in the building trades through improved workplace supports, services and practices. BC Premier John Horgan made the announcement on International Women’s Day following a speech [...]

14 02, 2018

Performance Benchmarking – How Do We Improve What We Don’t Measure?

By |February 14th, 2018|Advocacy, In The News|

What is Benchmarking and Why is it Important? The term "benchmarking" was originally coined by land surveyors, who used the term to identify a fixed point from which all other measurements are made. In the late 1970's it took on a broader meaning when applied to industry. Businesses such as AT&T, Motorola, and Xerox [...]

2 02, 2018

“Constructionomics” Inside British Columbia’s Labour Market Challenges

By |February 2nd, 2018|Advocacy, In The News|

A Growing Demand British Columbia’s construction labour market will be put to the test over the next decade, as the need to resource major projects will put a strain on the available local workforce. Retirements are expected to draw on the current labour force creating a significant skills vacuum that will require innovative and [...]

22 12, 2017

Industry Consultation, Public Opinion and Credible Policy Making

By |December 22nd, 2017|Advocacy|

Industry Consultation and Public Opinion Trust is the foundational ingredient upon which the sustainability and legitimacy of political systems are constructed. Shifting paradigms of public sector management are promoting an emphasis on accountability. Organizations and individuals depend on and expect credible policy-making. Industry consultation and public opinion can have various effects on how policy [...]