Nothing impacts construction like the BC Building Code – which is why it’s important to have an overview of recent changes introduced in the 2012 BC Building Code and its effect on the construction industry. ICBA’s new training session, presented in cooperation with the Building and Safety Standards Branch, will help companies tap into the changes and what they mean.
The 2012 BC Codes include over 800 changes, and the presenters at the session will highlight the changes that are anticipated to have the highest impact. This includes new provisions for radon mitigation, new Part 9 lateral load design requirements, new spatial separation requirements and the creation of a new B-3 residential care occupancy classification. A review of administrative edits and changes will also be presented.
The Coalition of B.C. Businesses had a column in today’s Vancouver laying out the concerns in the small business sector about revisiting B.C.’s labour laws. Labour activists are already calling for a return to the old card based certification for new unions – a move that would scrap workers’ right to a democratic vote on whether or not to join a union.
The article by Mark von Schellwitz, the Coalition and vice-president, Western Canada, for the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association, lays out some compelling arguments why tilting labour laws towards unionization would hurt rather than help workers.
ICBA is getting out the message about the importance of provincial infrastructure investments in advance of Tuesday’s provincial budget in British Columbia. Our column in the Journal of Commerce ran today on their website making the case that infrastructure builds the construction industry and the economic backbone of the province.
The voice of B.C.’s Open Shop construction industry will have a voice at provincial government’s new group tasked with helping renew B.C. the policies and guidelines and procurement and delivery of infrastructure projects. ICBA President Philip Hochstein will act as an advisor to the new government group.
ICBA’s column about the risk to the economy and Canadian jobs created by the big unions fighting against temporary foreign workers at the Murray River Project popped up in two more place this week.
The article – which points out that B.C.’s big union bosses are sending an investment-chilling message that British Columbia is closed for business – ran in the Tumbler Ridge News and Business in Vancouver.
ICBA’s BC Construction Training Centre is dedicated to connecting members and the rest of the construction industry with the training they need for their employees and their companies to get ahead.
Every Tuesday is Training Tuesday on the ICBA Independent Blog, and each week we’ll highlight an exciting new course coming up. Check in for what’s ahead – and what can help you with your bottom line. This week it’s about working with concrete and cement.
A pair of spots have just opened up in Sprott Shaw College’s Level 1 Electrician program starting on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at their Port Coquitlam campus. This ITA-BC Approved modular program provides opportunities for Electrical Apprentice’s to gain employable lifetime skills, and provides employers with a highly trained and experienced workforce.
Our column on the prosperity killing stance by B.C.’s labour leaders appeared in the on-line version of the Vancouver Sun today.
You can read the entire column here on the Sun website.