June 16, 2020
The BC Building Trades Council applauds the appointment of parliamentary secretary and Delta North MLA Ravi Kahlon to lead the expansion and use of mass timber in B.C. buildings.
“As leaders in the construction sector, we support low carbon initiatives and other ways to grow the economy, create jobs and help communities prosper through infrastructure development,” said BCBT executive director Andrew Mercier.
He adds, “Ravi Kahlon is one of the hardest working and thoughtful MLAs in our province, and we look forward to working with him to advance training and employment opportunities in mass timber and ensuring that workers are not displaced during this transition.”
BCBT affiliates operate union training centres throughout the province and many have already been working to assist displaced forestry workers. With today’s announcement, Mercier sees BCBT continuing and where possible expanding that work to create greater employment opportunities for local residents, Indigenous workers and others in those communities hardest hit by job losses in the forestry sector.
One of Kahlon’s tasks under his new mandate is to engage with industry and the construction sector. Mercier says he looks forward to bringing the experience and insight of the Building Trades’ 35,000 members to those discussions.
“We have been providing training and support to our members for decades and in fact our training centres have already been at the forefront of building innovation. We view this as an opportunity to explore new ways to grow our industry through mass timber construction.”