VICTORIA – Our vision at the BC Construction Association is to ensure British Columbia is home to a world-class construction sector that demonstrates exceptional productivity and resilience.
This vision will be realized only if our worksites support all skilled tradespeople to perform to the best of their ability, free from the stress and distraction caused by hazing, bullying and harassment.
To help ensure a safe and productive worksite, the BCCA has partnered with key construction industry leaders and the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills, and Training, to introduce the Builders Code.
The Builders Code sets a standard code of conduct for all construction work sites in BC and defines an “Acceptable Worksite” as one where safety protocols recognize behavioral as well as physical threats, ensuring a productive environment for all workers.
When an employee wakes up in the morning and looks ahead to their day at work, they deserve to have a feeling of security, to know they will be treated fairly and with respect on the jobsite.
The construction sector in BC is booming, with the number and scale of projects contributing to a projected labour shortage of 7,900 by the year 2028.
It’s so important for all our communities that we not only attract new workers to the construction industry but do everything in our power to keep them. Already over 100 employers have become official signatories to the Builders Code – they are establishing themselves as leaders when it comes to work culture and have an advantage in hiring and retaining skilled workers.
I have had the opportunity to talk to construction company owners and employees across BC and it’s clear our industry is evolving rapidly.
Whether you are a tradesperson or an employer in our industry, please visit www.builderscode.ca and learn about the benefits of participating in the Builders Code. Join the hundreds of other businesses partnering to build a construction industry that works for everyone. By strengthening our industry, we strengthen our province, economy, and all British Columbians.
By Lisa Stevens, Chief Strategy Officer, BC Construction Association