BC Construction Association's take on the recently announced Budget 2020

View the BC Budget Executive Overview 

The 2020 BC Budget released on February 18th is essentially a continuation of the budget the NDP introduced three years ago when they first came into power in British Columbia. Predominately focused on health and human services, the 2020 Budget brings no relief for small businesses facing increased tax and administrative burdens such as the new Employer's Health Tax, an increase in carbon and corporate taxes, and a rising minimum wage.

We continue to see a "tax and spend" approach that raises concern for the stability of the BC economy as a whole and our industry in particular. BC is still facing a skilled workforce shortage, and we do not see an appropriate corresponding budgetary commitment from this government.

While $7 billion spend in social housing remains on the table, the BC Construction Association (BCCA) continues to work with BC Housing in an ongoing effort to ensure fair, open, and transparent procurement methods.

The 2020 Budget did not include any new CBA/PLA projects but we continue to watch this topic with concern: in this economic climate with our workforce development challenges, adding new barriers is not conducive to the outcomes we all need.

In August 2019 BCCA was advised that its recommendations regarding Prompt Payment legislation were adopted by the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services and included in their unanimous report on the 2020 Budget. The recommendations made were given during this presentation on June 13, 2019 as part of the 2020 Budget Consultations. A previous presentation was given by BCCA President Chris Atchison on September 25, 2018 to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services as part of their 2019 Budget consultations.

Read more about provincial advocacy initiatives from BCCA here: bccassn.com/resources/advocacy-&-issues/

Advocacy Header.PNG
February 05, 2021

VICA's Advocacy: 2021 MLA Directory

Your VICA Membership means we're working on issues on your behalf. Whether it be tendering issues, procurement practices, or supporting provincial and national issues through our partners at BCCA and CCA, VICA continues to be your voice for issues impacting our industry.
Read More
Strategic Planning - Image.jpg
January 14, 2021

The benefits of strategic planning for your busines

A common misconception is that strategic planning is only for large companies. But the reality is that most businesses can greatly benefit from the exercise. Whether it's buying a competitor, increasing your capital or aiming for higher growth, you need the right strategies, structure, plans and controls in place to optimize the return on your investment.
Read More
VICA BC 2017 Centered Logo - grey.png
November 17, 2020

Five Industry Leaders Elected to VICA Board

November 16, 2020 (Victoria, BC) – The Vancouver Island Construction Association (VICA) and its membership elected five industry leaders to its 2020-2021 Board of Directors at its Annual General Meeting on November 13, 2020. There were six nominees from across Vancouver Island.
Read More
VIREB Commerical Award.PNG
October 01, 2020

VICA Members win big at VIREB Commercial Building Awards

Even throughout a global pandemic, commitment to building excellence has not swayed. We would like to congratulate all winners and nominees for their hard work, creative ideas and designs, as well as maintaining a safe work environment throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
Read More
VICA Worksafe 8 Jun 20.jpg
June 08, 2020

VICA Supports Employer's Forum submission to WSBC

As stated in the letter, we support Employer's Forum's position regarding the amendment of Schedule 1 of the Worker's Compensation Act to add a presumption for COVID-19, or broad coronaviruses or respiratory communicable diseases.
Read More
March 20, 2020

VICA and VIHA partner for PPE Donation

In support of Island Health and front-line healthcare staff, working tirelessly to keep our communities safe from COVID-19, the Vancouver Island Construction Association (VICA) has put a call out to their membership for donations of new, unopened N95 masks, sanitizer solution and wipes, or other personal protection equipment suitable for their work.
Read More
VICA BC 2018 Stacked Logo.png
March 13, 2020

Important updates from VICA regarding COVID-19

In the wake of recent announcements from federal and provincial health officials surrounding COVID-19, we would like to provide you with an update on the actions we, the Vancouver Island Construction Association (VICA) is taking in response to the direction set out by the Provincial Health Officer (PHO).
Read More