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.
The B.C. government has come down on the side of openness and transparency by backing Bill C-377.
The Vancouver Sun just reported that a letter from Finance Minister Mike de Jong went to the Senate last week laying out B.C.’s position on the Private Member’s Bill that would require unions to practice the kind of financial transparency already required of charities.
Frequently, change orders cause a significant disruption to a construction project. The disruptions cause changes in the planned schedule and increase costs through rework and decreased labor efficiency for the contractor. Productivity and profit will suffer from this loss in labor efficiency. Owners have the right to initiate changes on their project after the contract has been signed.
The difficulty arising from change orders is determining an equitable adjustment for the parties involved. Contractors need to be compensated for impacts that the change-directed work have on their estimated baseline efficiency. Owners believe that the additional costs of the changes should be minimal due to the similar nature of the work.
Interesting article in the Financial Post this week suggesting that the much talked about skills shortage in Canada may in fact not exist.
In a series called Junk Science, writer Peter Shawn Taylor argues that “there is no convincing evidence a national skills gap exists; in fact the labour market has been much tighter in previous decades.”
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.