Hundreds of billions worth of construction projects are on the drawing board in B.C. As a result, most construction contractors geared up for even more work this year, despite an already intense pace. This will keep the industry’s GDP and employment contributions growing at the same pace as the provincial economy.
Merit Canada is going truly international for the next International Open Shop Conference – for the first time ever, the IOSC will be held in Maui, Hawaii. IOSC Eight runs from February 11-13 at the Grand Wailea Hotel.
Merit Canada and its U.S. counterpart, the Associated Builders and Contractors, have teamed up on a joint IOSC and ABC BizCon conference. They’ve been working together to book speakers, panels and delegates from both sides of the border to offer Open Shop contractors a great conference experience.
Companies looking for a helping hand with site preparation and clean-up on re-roofing projects can do some community good while getting the job done.
The Elizabeth Fry Society of Greater Vancouver (EFry) recently launched Asphalt Gals Recycling Limited, which tackles the cleanup tasks on the job while skilled roofers stay on the roof instead of dividing their time between roofing and site maintenance.
Southern Vancouver Island contractors can tap into what’s happening with contracts at B.C. Hydro at a special session being held June 25 at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Victoria.
Over the past year BC Hydro has been working closely with the construction industry to implement initiatives in response to industry feedback. A key initiative for Hydro has been the review and revision of the construction contract. An industry working group was formed, and the contract reviewed and revised. The focus of this work is to make it easier for BC Hydro stakeholders to work with the construction document, and to make it easier for contractors to bid on opportunities. The new construction contract was implemented on January 2, 2013.
The C.D. Howe Institute has a clear message — it’s time to scrap apprenticeship ratios if provincial governments want to train as many skilled workers as possible. The think tank recently released Access Denied: The Effect of Apprenticeship Restrictions in Skilled Trades found that provinces with tight restrictions have 44 per cent fewer workers in those trades than provinces that have no restrictions.
To be successful in hiring the best qualified employees who also fit your organization’s culture, you need to approach the interview as a process. That’s why ICBA is putting on a half-day workshop that will help owners and managers tap into the key skills that will help them build their teams with the right hires.
Summer is almost here and that means ICBA’s 24th Annual Open Shop Golf Tournament is just around the corner. The tournament is slated to return to Surrey Golf Club on August 15 and we want to see you and your company there. Registration details are here.
We’ve held the line on the price at $185. That fee includes dinner, green fees, a power cart, and a $25 charity donation. It also includes great networking opportunities, the chance to connect with Open Shop colleagues, and a shot at besting them in some friendly competition.
ICBA President Philip Hochstein is in Ottawa today to testify before the Senate of Canada’s Standing Committee on Banking, Trade, and Commerce.
The committee is considering Private Member’s Bill C-377 that would require labour organizations in Canada to publicly disclose their finances.
Merit Canada, the national organization representing open shop contractors across the country, got a boost in its efforts to see Bill C-377 passed into law to require labour organizations coast to coast to disclose certain financial information.
Merit Canada today released an opinion by a former Supreme Justice concluding the legislation being considered is in fact constitutional.
Many great tradespeople take a foreman position and fail. Not for lack of skills or drive but simply for lack of guidance on how to be a great foreman.
That’s why ICBA is criss-crossing the province with its one-day course for foremen to get a handle on the fundamentals of field leadership, organization, crew morale, efficiency, and productivity.
Measure twice and cut once is a mantra in the construction business. You have to make sure everything is right before you take action. And you have to know your numbers to get it right.
That’s what makes Sprott Shaw College’s new Math for Trades course so valuable for construction companies. The course is a basic math refresher targeting the essential numeracy skills required for a construction electrician, as well as preparing other students for other construction or trades apprentice programs.