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Take our member survey and win!

By |April 19th, 2018|In The News|

Do you want to win a spot in VRCA’s 2018 golf tournament on June 1 at Northview Golf & Country Club? All you have to do is complete the annual VRCA membership survey for your chance to win a spot on VRCA President Fiona Famulak’s foursome. The prize, valued at $235, includes your tournament [...]

CCDC seminars introduce new and updated contracts

By |April 9th, 2018|CCDC, In The News|

VRCA, in partnership with the Canadian Construction Documents Committee, will be hosting a set of CCDC seminars on May 11 at Douglas College in New Westminster to introduce new and updated contract forms and guides. The seminars, split into a morning and afternoon session, are conducted by those same CCDC members who have worked [...]

BC Energy Step Code Design Guide available for download

By |April 9th, 2018|In The News, Step Code|

The BC Energy Step Code Design Guide is now available for download from the BC Housing website. Published by BC Housing in collaboration with BC Hydro, the City of Vancouver, the City of New Westminster, and the Province of BC, the guide provides information on the key strategies and approaches to meeting the Energy [...]

Whitecaps holding Construction Night April 13

By |March 26th, 2018|Member Deals, Member News, Membership|

The Vancouver Whitecaps are offering VRCA members discounted game tickets to celebrate Construction Month. VRCA members can purchase specially priced tickets for the ’Caps Construction Night on April 13 when Vancouver hosts Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC). VRCA members will save roughly 45 per cent off regular ticket prices. And there’s no restriction on [...]

WorkSafeBC warns about risk of pentane gas fires and explosions

By |March 26th, 2018|In The News, Occupational Health & Safety|

WorkSafeBC recently published a new safety bulletin about reducing the risk of pentane gas fires and explosions. Expanded polystyrene is a synthetic foam material that has a wide range of uses in many industries. Applications include: insulation in buildings (especially cold storage buildings); piping; concrete formwork; wine tanks; wharf and float manufacturing; and applications [...]

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 [...]

Judges offer their Top 5 tips for Awards of Excellence presentations

By |March 12th, 2018|Awards of Excellence, Events|

Do you worry about what’s the best way to present your Awards of Excellence submission to our judges? Well, there’s no need to – our judges are here to offer a few words of advice. VRCA hosted an Awards of Excellence information session on March 7 featuring awards chair Tony Everett and awards [...]

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 [...]

Business not at the forefront in the provincial and federal budgets

By |March 1st, 2018|Federal Budgets, In The News, Provincial Budget|

It’s not often that we can say the same thing about two budgets, especially when they are delivered by different levels of government in the same fiscal year. So, here it goes: The 2018-19 budgets will be good for individuals, however, not so good for business. In the last 10 days, the provincial and [...]

Prompt Payment and Construction Lien Act Reform

By |February 23rd, 2018|In The News|

The Time is Now to Champion Prompt Payment for Our Industry Timely cash flow throughout the construction payment chain is fundamental to a healthy construction industry. Delay in payment anywhere in the supply chain reduces profit, restricts innovation and investment in plant, machinery and people. It also increases the cost to finance company operations [...]

Have your say about proposed amendments to Occupational Health and Safety Regulations

By |February 19th, 2018|Occupational Health & Safety|

WorkSafeBC's Policy, Regulation and Research Division is requesting feedback on proposed amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation. The consultation phase provides stakeholders an opportunity to provide feedback prior to the proposed amendments being taken to public hearing in fall of 2018. There are three regulatory amendment packages under review. Part 8, Personal Protective [...]

Corporate Social Responsibility Guide for construction companies available from CCA

By |February 19th, 2018|Corporate Social Responsibility, Membership|

The Canadian Construction Association has published a new resource for its members: Corporate Social Responsibility in the Canadian Construction Sector: A Practical Guide to CSR. Tailored for the construction industry, the guide explains the importance of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and offers practical advice on how to prepare or enhance a CSR strategy. This guide [...]

Lean Construction Institute of Canada Annual Conference and Training Day

By |February 19th, 2018|Education, Events, Member Deals, Membership|

The Lean Construction Institute of Canada Annual Conference and Training Day will be in Vancouver April 24-26. VRCA members are eligible for discounted registration when three or more people from the same company are attending. Pay full price for the first two registrations and receive 50 per cent off the third registration from the [...]

CanBIM 2018

By |February 14th, 2018|Education, Events, Membership|

VRCA - Vancouver Regional Construction Association is proud to have sponsored and participated in the 2018 Canada BIM Council (CanBIM) regional Vancouver conference happening today & focused on 'sustainability through BIM innovation'. Awesome presentations by Brad Badelt (keynote) - City of Vancouver, computational energy modelling by Mark Cichy from DIALOG, Site C update by [...]

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 [...]

“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 [...]