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Budget 2020 is a ‘refreshing’ investment in public infrastructure

BC Building Trades applauds the BC NDP Government for delivering a balanced 2020 budget while still investing in essential infrastructure, programs and services. Budget 2020 commits a record $22.9 billion to capital spending over three years. This investment in...

Vancity grant helps newcomers to the trades and green technology

Submitted by the Vancity Communications Department As she looks back on her training, electrician Carissa Belyk can’t help but reflect on what she’d say to a younger version of herself. She boils it down to a few simple words that could help any aspiring woman in the...

BC Supreme Court refuses to hear CBA charter challenge

The BC Building trades welcomes today’s BC Supreme Court ruling refusing to hear the charter challenge of B.C.’s Community Benefits Agreement construction framework. “What happened today is the BC Supreme Court has, for the second time, told the Christian Labour...

Advice and Mentorship to Boost Completion Rates

Apprenticeship Advisors By Megan Terepocki Julie Sawatsky, a member of the B.C. Regional Council of Carpenters, is one of five new apprenticeship advisors hired by the Industry Training Authority (ITA) this fall. “I see the job as a real support for workers, being a...

Hiring women is smart

By Corry Anderson-Fennell - BCBT Communications Director There is a crisis in construction, and women are part of the solution. According to BuildForce Canada, 254,800 people, or 21 per cent of the current construction workforce, is expected to retire by 2027. That’s...

Labour lawyer, activist to take reins of BC Building Trades

Labour lawyer Andrew Mercier will take the reins of the B.C. Building Trades Council as executive director next month. Mercier will replace Tom Sigurdson, who joined the council in 2010 after a lengthy career in political and legislative affairs. Sigurdson will remain...

What is Red Seal certification?

The Red Seal program is the interprovincial standard of excellence in the skilled trades. It is the highest standard of training in the country, and the minimum level that the BC Building Trades believes is acceptable. What Red Seal training provides Along with...

Sheet Metal Workers bring in radical changes to training

By M. Malatesta   In the rapidly changing construction industry, building trades affiliates are continually upgrading and modernizing their training and apprenticeship programs and schools to meet new challenges. The Sheet Metal Workers Local 280 has undertaken...

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