9 10, 2020

Federal government extends SR&ED tax credit filing dates

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

The Canadian government has extended the deadline for businesses to file claims for Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) investment tax credits. What does the extension mean for Canadian construction companies? Not only do companies have more time to file their claims; the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has also reduced its refund processing time [...]

9 10, 2020

New Member Relationship Manager joins VRCA team

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

We are excited to announce that effective October 19, Joe Vales will be VRCA’s new Member Relationship Manager! In his position, Joe will be the daily point of contact for members and prospective members and serve as their trusted advisor and champion. A talented relationship builder and natural dot-connector, Joe will seek to understand [...]

20 07, 2020

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy extended, redesigned

By |July 20th, 2020|COVID-19, In The News|

On July 17, the federal government announced proposed changes to the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) that would broaden the reach of the program and provide better targeted support so that more workers can return to their jobs quickly as the economy restarts. Click here for more details, including the revised rate structure of [...]

26 06, 2020

CBA legal challenge heads to B.C. Court of Appeal

By |June 26th, 2020|Advocacy, Community Benefits Agreement|

The construction industry partners challenging B.C.’s Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) will be in court July 16 and 17 to appeal the B.C. Supreme Court ruling that stalled the judicial review last February. The B.C. Court of Appeal will be asked to overturn Supreme Court Justice Christopher Giaschi’s decision striking portions of the petition for [...]

12 06, 2020

Here Comes the Workforce of Tomorrow

By |June 12th, 2020|In The News|

Big changes lie ahead for British Columbia’s $22 billion construction sector. But what will the shift mean for the people on the ground?Between today and 2032, recent and forthcoming energy and climate regulations will fundamentally change the way we build, heat, cool, plumb, and connect new buildings in this province. As of that year, [...]

27 04, 2020

Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance details released

By |April 27th, 2020|COVID-19, In The News|

The Government of Canada has released additional details about the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) program, which will lower rent by 75 per cent for small businesses affected by COVID-19. The program will provide qualifying commercial property owners with forgivable loans to cover 50 per cent of monthly rents payable by small business [...]

20 04, 2020

ITC Construction Group accepts Scott Construction’s #LunchBoxChallenge

By |April 20th, 2020|In The News|

Scott Construction Group has partnered with ITC Construction Group to launch the #LunchBoxChallenge to support local restaurants while also protecting the health of its employees during COVID-19. The idea of the #LunchBoxChallenge is simple: construction companies buy lunches locally for their sites and nominate another company to do the same. “Our mental health committee [...]

6 04, 2020

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy details released

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

The Government of Canada has released additional details about the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy, which is intended to help businesses keep workers on payroll or rehire workers previously laid off as a result of COVID-19. The federal wage subsidy will cover 75 per cent of an individual’s salary, up to a maximum benefit of [...]

6 04, 2020

BC Construction Safety Alliance launches daily COVID-19 safety call

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

The BC Construction Safety Alliance (BCCSA) has launched a daily video conference to answer COVID-19 related questions from the province’s construction industry. Each morning at 9 a.m., BCCSA’s regional safety advisors will be joined on the line by Dr. Melanie Gorman-Ng, BCCSA’s senior research scientist. Dr. Gorman-Ng is a hygienist with a sub-specialty in [...]

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 [...]

2 03, 2020

VRCA engages with students in new way

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

The VRCA school outreach program recently visited Kwantlen Park Secondary School in Surrey and explored a fresh new way to engage with the students there. The school had planned a Career Speed Chat event, where volunteers from various industries could meet with smaller groups of students and have more in-depth chats, a different scenario [...]

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 [...]