October 11, 2017
Speyside Equity purchases McGregor & Thompson Hardware Ltd. and Shanahan’s LP
Earlier this year, VICA Members McGregor & Thompson Hardware Ltd. and Shanahan’s Limited Partnership were purchased by Speyside Equity.
October 02, 2017
Current Millwork takes two awards home from the 27th Annual AWMAC Awards of Excellence
Vancouver Island Construction Association member Currrent Millwork was recently awarded the 2017 AWMAC BC Award of Excellence - Silver for Excellence in Quality for a Small Commercial Project for the Kwa’Lilas Hotel in Port Hardy.
September 05, 2017
Construction Workers’ Exposure to Crystalline Silica [IRRST Report]
The Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST), one of the leading Occupational Health & Safety (OHS) research centres in Canada, recently released a report on Construction Workers’ Exposure to Crystalline Silica.
September 01, 2017
Construction ethics courses create a "golden rule" for industry [Excerpt]
A new ethics course, developed by BuildForce Canada, is a mandatory component of the Canadian Construction Association's (CCA) Gold Seal certification program and is being taught in Vancouver [and Victoria] by BGC Partners Inc. president Tim Williams.
August 22, 2017
Lack of housing a contributing factor to employee recruitment and retention
Survey confirms that the lack and cost of housing in Greater Victoria is making it difficult for many employers to attract and retain workers.
July 27, 2017
Stats Canada: Investment in non-residential building construction, Q2 2017
Stats Canada recently released stats on investment in non-residential building in the second quarter of 2017. We'll be releasing detailed data on building permits, investment, and labour on Vancouver Island next week in our member eNewsletter.
July 25, 2017
WiC Nanaimo: A Race in the Park
Our Women in Construction Nanaimo team fought hard against 37 other teams in this year's Silly Boat Regatta on July 16th and walked away proudly claiming the title of "Super Silliest Boat"!
July 21, 2017
Replacing Hard Hats with Safety Helmets
For 40-plus years the design of construction hard hats hasn’t changed much—a brimmed shell attached to a suspended, adjustable headband. Our neighbours in the south are looking at new designs to improve safety on site. Should we too?
June 20, 2017
Government of Canada announces Low Carbon Economy Fund
On June 15th, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, announced a $2 billion Low Carbon Economy Fund.
June 19, 2017
3D-printing bringing "impossible" designs to life
When Janjaap Ruijssenaars revealed his Landscape House design to the world, everyone went nuts. The Dutch architect’s proclamation that his visionary building would be 3D printed made international headlines, as did the shape it could take thanks to 3D-printing software.
June 16, 2017
Posting of Contract Payments Will Help Subcontractors Get Timely Payments
Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) recently announced that it will publicly disclose payments to prime contractors so that construction subcontractors know when they can expect payment.
June 12, 2017
Charity Casino event raises over $10,000 for Help Fill A Dream
On Friday, May 26th, a hundred industry folks gathered at the Delta Ocean Pointe Resort for a night of gambling and good times in support of the Help Fill A Dream foundation at our annual Charity Casino event.
June 08, 2017
CHEK News' Downtown 2020: Construction Edition
We worked with Richard and Don from CHEK to help paint a picture of the construction industry as their team tells a story of the changing cityscape in Downtown Victoria. Tune into CHEK at 5 PM tonight (June 8)!
June 07, 2017
We're going Plaid for Dad on June 16
On Friday, June 16th, the VICA team will be going Plaid for Dad in support of Prostate Cancer Canada.
June 06, 2017
Drywall Support Program Application Deadline Extension
June 04, 2017
B.C. sewer, water infrastructure deficits still require more work
British Columbia municipalities are making some headway in reducing their sewer and water infrastructure deficit through asset management programs and federal and provincial grants, but it is a far cry from the needed billions of dollars needed to play catch-up.
May 31, 2017
Construction firms harness the power of virtual reality — and everybody wins
We can now build three-dimensional models once available only in our imaginations. Using virtual or augmented reality, plans and structural layouts leave the two-dimensional page and jump into an interactive world.
May 30, 2017
Skyscrapers of the Future Could Be Made of Wood
Back in 1889, Chicago's 10-story Rand McNally Building became the world's first all-steel-framed skyscraper, ushering in an age in which metal, glass and concrete towers would dominate the skylines of major cities. Since then, those sturdy, versatile materials have allowed builders to create scores of spectacular structures.
May 28, 2017
CBTU resolve to work with indigenous communities
On May 17th, Canada’s Building Trades Unions (CBTU) resolved to provide career opportunities in the skilled construction trades for underrepresented segments of the population including First Nations, Metis, and Inuit (FNMI) Peoples.
May 24, 2017
Congratulations to our recent Gold Seal Certificate recipients
May 22, 2017
Communities of practice for a stronger industry
More and more, you’re seeing and hearing this term thrown around the construction industry. Organizations like the Lean Construction Institute of Canada (LCI-C) are promoting and supporting communities of practice to improve the procurement process and ultimately strengthen the industry.
May 21, 2017
5 Emerging Technologies Your Construction Firm Should Consider
New technologies that can improve your construction business are constantly emerging. These advances range from software to help you manage your business flow to updates on "old" tools, like laser levels and nail guns.
May 18, 2017
Contract Security Workshops: Online or In Person
Are you interested in supplying or subcontracting with the federal government? Have you had issues obtaining an appropriate security clearance?
May 17, 2017
Help us make payment delays a thing of the past.
The National Trade Contractors Coalition of Canada (NTCCC) wishes to share that the Canada Prompt Payment Act, Bill S-224, has passed the Senate and been sent to the House of Commons for consideration.
May 16, 2017
Digital transformation in the real estate industry
While digital transformation has disrupted almost every type of business, the real estate industry has been traditionally slow to move with the times – until now, according to participants at a recent 2nd Asia Pacific Leadership Symposium in Hong Kong organised by the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and by the World Economic Forum (WEF).