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VRCA says thank you and farewell to Chantal Lauzon

By |July 6th, 2020|Our Team|

It is with much regret that we announce the resignation of Chantal Lauzon, VRCA’s Manager, Member Relations, who is leaving her role at VRCA for an exciting new opportunity effective July 9, 2020. Chantal joined the VRCA team in 2019 and quickly established herself as a trusted advisor and advocate for our members and [...]

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, [...]

Navigating turbulent times – Results’ Unleashed webinar series shares the how-to

By |May 4th, 2020|COVID-19, Member Deals|

To help companies navigate these turbulent times, VRCA’s long-time strategic partner, Results Canada, has launched a complimentary weekly webinar series designed to bring you tools, strategies and best practices to unleash the potential in yourself and your business. Each week, a one-hour webinar features subject matter experts and thought leaders on all topics related [...]

Have you written to your MP yet?

By |May 4th, 2020|COVID-19|

There is still time to lend your support to the construction industry’s push for the federal government to establish an emergency COVID-19 Construction Cost Relief Program. VRCA has joined the Canadian Construction Association in calling for the federal government to exercise fairness and consideration when addressing schedule and cost impacts experienced by contractors on [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

VRCA debuts new CCDC workshop

By |March 6th, 2020|Education|

VRCA is excited to announce that a brand new CCDC workshop, hosted by the Canadian Construction Association, will be debuting this spring. Join us on May 14 for a one-day workshop that will cover: A description of the changes to CCDC 2 ‘Stipulated Price Contract’ Introduction of a new master specification for Division 01 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]