November 2017 BCCA Briefing

BRITISH COLUMBIA CONSTRUCTION ASSOCIATION
www.bccassn.com
 
November 23, 2017
 
Your November Briefing
 
 
  • The Infrastructure Masterclass is Going Strong!
VRCA and SICA held their Infrastructure Masterclass sessions in November with a successful number of attendees. There is a solid representation of local government, school district, post-secondary, and health sector in each class. Attendees can earn Gold Seal credit and SCMA credentials. VICA’s session is scheduled for Dec. 7 and it's sold out. NRCA will host their second session in mid-February.
  • BidCentral
BidCentral currently has 241 live projects and 821 prebid projects. The latest Bid&Post deployed on Nov. 21 featuring projects from across BC and hand-picked prebid alerts.  
  • BidCentral Promotion
BidCentral is currently running a 14-day free trial promotion. Get in touch with BidCentral’s Business Development Manager, Jonathan, for more information.
  • BC Labour Market Outlook Published
The 2017 edition of the B.C. Labour Market Outlook was released on Nov. 22, 2017. 
  • Another Day, Another Job Fair for STEP!
Dave Croteau set up the STEP booth at the Penticton Band Career Fair to get students excited about PPE, drilling challenges and other construction-related tasks.
  • A Warm Welcome from BCCA-IN REPS Daniel 
As a pre-arrival service, the BCCA Integrating Newcomers program works with clients before they come to Canada. When they do arrive, Daniel works to ensure he’s there to give a warm welcome for clients like Evgenia Rusnak.
Fun fact: October saw a surge in applications for electrical apprenticeship technical training. More good news: There is still funding available! Apply here.
  • LNG Canada Connect
If you’re a construction employer hiring in northern BC, BCCA’s Steven Bernard in Terrace is an excellent resource. Get in with him touch today.
  • BCCA & BCIC's "Memorandum of Understanding"
BCCA and BC Innovation Council signed a "Memorandum of Understanding" to work together on technology initiatives that benefit BC’s construction industry. Stephen Richter was a “Challenge Presenter” on the BCIC BC Growth Opportunities Tour (#BCGO) that ended in early November.
  • BCCA Supports the Digital Tech Supercluster
BCCA is supporting the Digital Tech Supercluster in its efforts to bring big data expertise to British Columbia. 
  • BCCA is Tracking Technology
BCCA is keeping an eye on technologies from all over North America and across the world to see how BC’s construction sector can benefit. Here are a few examples: Hangar – Aerial Drone Photography, Ekso Bionics – Exoskeletons & Weightless Tools, and WalletCard – Certification Management Platform.
  • RCA Staff Retreat 
BCCA was happy to contribute to and participate in the RCA Staff Retreat from Nov. 9 – 10th.
  • Showing Resilience at Concrete BC's 55th AGM & Convention
Chris Atchison delivered a speech to attendees of Concrete BC’s “Weathering the Storm” discussion panel. “The BCCA's new vision is all about productivity and resilience for the sector. Resilience comes out of intelligence, energy, relationships, priorities, and perspective. Construction is in a position of strength given its economic significance."
  • Deputy Minister's Industry Infrastructure Forum (DMIIF)
BCCA President Chris Atchison attended the first DMIIF meeting under the new government leadership on Nov. 7, with DMIIF Co-Chair and BCCA Board Member Roger Yager. Topics of discussion included prompt payment, skilled workforce, Lien Act, and Capital Asset Management Framework.
  • New BidCentral BAT Member
Welcome Sue Connors to the Business Advisory Team (BAT) for BidCentral. Sue comes with 20 years of experience in the tech industry and she’s currently the VP of Business Development for RevenueWire.  
  • BCCA In The News
  • Industry Issues In The News
In an article published on The Province, B.C. Building Trades Council called in favour of union construction. BCCA’s policies are:

Freedom of Enterprise: BCCA supports an economic and political system based on individual freedom and the competitive free enterprise system.
Fair wage: BCCA opposes legislated wages at any level of government that are targeted specifically at the construction industry.  

BCCA equally supports both union and open shop employers.

Get the facts: Trades Wages & Salary, BCCA Facebook News Post, Stat Pack.
  • BidCentral Advertising 
Wylie Crump ads are running! Have you seen them? On our home page, in the Bid&Post or on our social feeds, you can have a look.
 
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The Unsung Heroes of Public Sector Construction

The BC Construction Association, the province’s provincial advocate for the industrial, commercial, and industrial construction sector, recognized seven public projects and owners for excellence in construction procurement in 2017.
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May 17, 2017

New Construction Industry Report Shows Procurement Drives Innovation

VICTORIA, BC – The British Columbia Construction Association (BCCA) has published a follow-up to its Innovation Report (February 2016), which revealed BC’s construction sector lags behind other jurisdictions when it comes to innovation. The new report is called “Procuring Innovation” and lays out the case for the sector to recognize the procurement process as the key for driving innovative projects and sector development.
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January 06, 2017

Tribunal Rules on US Gypsum Board Imports

An inquiry has made a series of recommendations about import duties after hearing about the injury caused to Canada’s industry by the pricing regime for gypsum board brought in from the USA.
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December 14, 2016

NRCA's New Website Launches

We are happy to announce that our new website is live! We are excited for our members to take advantage of all the new features available to them.
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November 30, 2016

Proactive Release of Project Information for the Construction Industry

Over the last decade new people, processes and procurement protocols have led to a loss in some fundamental practices in regard to accessing information that is paramount to fair, open and transparent bidding. This has been a significant challenge for the construction industry, and recently the BC Government has taken an important step in restoring standards for accessing information through the release of “Guidance for the Release of Information &/or Documents Related to Competitive Procurement Opportunities”.
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October 26, 2016

The Construction Management Project Delivery Method

CCA has introduced the new CCA 26 A Guide to the Construction Management (CM) Project Delivery Method (2016). Along with the Guide these are some other considerations which are very important in insuring a successful delivery of a project using Construction Management.
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April 27, 2016

CCA Quality of Documents Report Issued

In 2015, the Canadian Construction Association (CCA) embarked on a series of “Quality of Documents” workshops across Canada. In BC workshops were sponsored by NRCA in Prince George and VRCA in Vancouver with participants invited from across the Province. It was an opportunity to discuss the issue of poor quality documentation in the Canadian building industry.
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