Save money on construction training with the B.C. Employer Training Grant

Did you know you can save money on staff training through the B.C. Employer Training Grant (formally the Canada BC Job Grant Fund)?

Workforce Training Stream
All VICA courses fit under this category. This stream is designed to support any training that aligns with employers business needs. For example: leadership, management, and soft skills training fall under this category.

The intake for applications opens June 1st for training start dates between September 1 and December 31, 2018. Update: No longer accepting applications as of 11:00 a.m. on June 4, 2018.

Approved training applications from employers receive reimbursement of 60% of the training cost (to a maximum of $5000 per participant). Learn more.

Technical Skills Training Stream
Employers can also receive reimbursement for apprenticeship and trades training through the Technical Skills Training Stream. More info.


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September 07, 2018

Port Alberni Awards Largest Construction Contract in Municipal History

On September 4, 2018, Council for the City of Port Alberni unanimously passed a motion to award the main construction contract for the upcoming Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrades project to Tritech Group for $17,128,429.53 plus GST - the largest construction contract awarded in the City of Port Alberni’s history.
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August 24, 2018

New BC Building and Plumbing Code

The new BC Building and Plumbing Code will be effective December 10, 2018 and will apply to building permits applied for on or after that date. The BC Fire Code is anticipated to be adopted in the fall of 2018 and effective December 10, 2018. Buildings with permits in place under the previous 2012 BC Building Code will generally not be affected by the adoption of the new code.
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July 27, 2018

REPOST: Pattullo Procurement Strategy Takes BC Construction a Bridge Too Far

The new Pattullo Bridge Community Benefits Agreement patently illustrates what is unfair with our current government’s policy decision to mandate the nature and extent of procurement requirements in major public construction projects. For BCCA, an association that hinges its principles on fair, open and transparent procurement practices, this agreement is taking public policy in construction tendering a bridge too far.
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July 23, 2018

[Op-Ed] Dana Taylor: B.C. needs prompt-payment legislation for contractors

When was the last time you bought groceries and told Save-On Foods that they would have to wait a couple of months before you would pay them? It would never fly. Trade contractors in British Columbia — those who build the structures in which you live, work, play and study — must also pay their expenses on time. But to get paid for their completed work, they must routinely wait and wait and wait.
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