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Flu season is here: BCCA Employee Benefits offering complimentary flu shot clinics for members

By |November 9th, 2018|Membership|

Members of VRCA, SICA, NRCA, VICA and their employees are eligible to attend complimentary flu shot clinics during the month of November. These clinics are presented by the BC Construction Association Employee Benefit Trust and will be happening in various locations across B.C. No appointment required, but please call ahead to ensure the clinic [...]

VRCA holds popular new Planning for Foremen course

By |November 8th, 2018|Education, Evolving Education|

In our recent Education Needs Assessment, members and industry professionals identified a need for courses for those in foremen/supervisor roles. VRCA hosted a new course on Oct. 25 based on this feedback, called Planning for Foremen. The course was intended to provide foremen with skills in practical task planning. Hands-on activities and practical exercises [...]

ZEBx joins NYC’s BE-Ex for Passive House event

By |November 5th, 2018|ZEBx|

ZEBx joined New York City’s Building Energy Exchange (BE-Ex) on Oct. 30 through a live stream of its “Passive House Towering in NYC” event. Three architectural firms discussed their mid-rise to high-rise multi-family, commercial and retail Passive House projects that are currently making waves in New York’s building community. Presentations focused on major systems, [...]

Is the labour shortage keeping you up at night?

By |November 5th, 2018|In The News|

Join Results Canada in Vancouver on Nov. 21 for a panel discussion that will explore strategies that companies and leaders can use to compete for the best people and become employers of choice for the long-term. British Columbia is experiencing a significant labour shortage that will continue well into the 2020s. According to Business Development [...]

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 [...]

WorkSafeBC releases additional resources to handle impairment in the workplace

By |October 22nd, 2018|In The News|

WorkSafeBC has released guidelines and resources to raise awareness about impairment at work and keep workplaces safe now that recreational cannabis is legal in Canada. Under current occupational health and safety regulations, employers must: not allow a worker who is impaired for any reason — alcohol, drugs (including cannabis) or any other substance — [...]

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 [...]

Changes to the Non-Road Diesel Engine Emission Regulation Bylaw

By |October 22nd, 2018|In The News|

Metro Vancouver will hold an online meeting Oct. 24 to discuss the changes to Metro Vancouver Regional District Non-Road Diesel Engine Emission Regulation Bylaw No. 1161, which goes into effect Jan. 1, 2019. The bylaw changes aim to improve air quality by managing older, higher-polluting non-road diesel engines, which can negatively affect health and [...]

CCDC Construction Management Contracts

By |October 22nd, 2018|CCDC, Education|

VRCA will host a half-day class Nov. 9 on CCDC Construction Management Contracts. Construction Management (CM) form of project delivery takes a team approach to the construction process. The concept joins the owner, consultant and contractor in a team whose objective is to deliver the project with emphasis on time, budget and constructability. The [...]

What should employers know when cannabis becomes legal this week?

By |October 15th, 2018|In The News, Occupational Health & Safety|

Ready or not, recreational cannabis will become legal in Canada on Wednesday, Oct. 17. To help employers prepare for the legalization of cannabis, there are a number of resources available online, such as The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) whitepaper, Workplace Strategies: Risk of Impairment from Cannabis, which provides guidance on [...]

Construction in Vancouver – October 2018

By |October 15th, 2018|Construction In Vancouver, In The News|

The latest edition of Construction in Vancouver produced in collaboration with Business in Vancouver has been released. Articles include: Collaboration crucial in solving construction industry challenges Clear and precise language a must in pay-when-paid clauses VRCA Awards of Excellence mark 30th anniversary Silver Awards pay tribute to top B.C. builders Confidence in Canada key [...]

Evolving Education: New Lean Project Delivery Bootcamp

By |October 12th, 2018|Education, Gold Seal Certification|

Join us for a highly interactive workshop (including case studies and simulations!) that introduces Lean project fundamentals and practices. We’ll cover the process and requirements of the Last Planner® System (LP®S), and you’ll learn how to improve productivity and deliver high value in less time, at lower cost, with reduced risk. VRCA is pleased [...]

30th Annual Awards of Excellence is Sold Out

By |October 5th, 2018|Awards of Excellence, Events, In The News|

It's still two weeks from the big event, and the 30th Annual Awards of Excellence has sold out!. VRCA is proud to welcome more than 600 guests at the annual event showcasing and celebrating excellence in industrial, commercial and institutional construction. “We’re delighted that this year’s 30th anniversary gala is a sell-out event.  This, [...]