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  • liberals Archives - ICBA - Independent Contractors and Businesses Association of British Columbia
    to have whenever a long standing government asks for another term But change to what And at what risk to the Read More Menu ICBA Independent News Media Publications Links Search for Recent Posts 3 Myths About Pipeline Projects In B C The Trans Mountain Expansion Project is a winning proposition for Canada ICBA tells National Energy Board 5 Reasons the Kinder Morgan expansion project is good for BC and BC families B C pipeline decision sends chill through industry Getting to yes It s where British Columbians want to be LATEST NEWS NEWS Group of B C businesses contractors create pro pipeline petition and social media campaign NEWS Trans Mountain Expansion Project is a winning proposition for Canada GROWING THE ECONOMY Responsible development creates thriving communities and a stronger BC Join us in bringing projects to Yes UPCOMING TRAINING COURSES Burnaby Bluebeam Revu 2015 Basics Feb 10 2016 View all upcoming courses WATCH ICBA s latest videos Build your business with the ICBA ADVANTAGE View the history of ICBA in our new ICBA40 anniversary videos The Independent Contractors and Businesses Association of British Columbia 1975 2016 JOIN US JOIN OUR MAILING LIST TO RECEIVE UPDATES ON MAJOR PROJECTS ISSUES

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  • NDP Archives - ICBA - Independent Contractors and Businesses Association of British Columbia
    by ICBA Blog Tags BC Hydro bcac BTU construction Hochstein ICBA NDP open shop opinion pcaa Philip Hochstein rio tinto sigurdson site c Posted in ARTICLES OPINIONS No Comments Simple reality No open shop contractor including members of the Progressive Contractors Association of Canada PCAC and the BC Construction Association BCCA would support special status for any contractor based on union affiliation especially when bidding on taxpayer funded projects Not only was it disappointing that BC Hydro signed an MOU with the building trades unions BTU that gives added weight Read More Speaking on the Sun April 22 2013 by ICBA Blog Tags NDP Philip Hochstein shakedown Posted in CONSTRUCTION NEWS No Comments Sun TV stopped by the ICBA offices today to interview President Philip Hochstein about the NDP shakedown fundraising letter targeting the business community Hochstein said it s part of a pattern of bullying that is part and parcel of the way the NDP operates Menu ICBA Independent News Media Publications Links Search for Recent Posts 3 Myths About Pipeline Projects In B C The Trans Mountain Expansion Project is a winning proposition for Canada ICBA tells National Energy Board 5 Reasons the Kinder Morgan expansion project is good for BC and BC families B C pipeline decision sends chill through industry Getting to yes It s where British Columbians want to be LATEST NEWS NEWS Group of B C businesses contractors create pro pipeline petition and social media campaign NEWS Trans Mountain Expansion Project is a winning proposition for Canada GROWING THE ECONOMY Responsible development creates thriving communities and a stronger BC Join us in bringing projects to Yes UPCOMING TRAINING COURSES Burnaby Bluebeam Revu 2015 Basics Feb 10 2016 View all upcoming courses WATCH ICBA s latest videos Build your business with the ICBA ADVANTAGE View

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  • phil hochstein Archives - ICBA - Independent Contractors and Businesses Association of British Columbia
    tends to have whenever a long standing government asks for another term But change to what And at what risk to the Read More Menu ICBA Independent News Media Publications Links Search for Recent Posts 3 Myths About Pipeline Projects In B C The Trans Mountain Expansion Project is a winning proposition for Canada ICBA tells National Energy Board 5 Reasons the Kinder Morgan expansion project is good for BC and BC families B C pipeline decision sends chill through industry Getting to yes It s where British Columbians want to be LATEST NEWS NEWS Group of B C businesses contractors create pro pipeline petition and social media campaign NEWS Trans Mountain Expansion Project is a winning proposition for Canada GROWING THE ECONOMY Responsible development creates thriving communities and a stronger BC Join us in bringing projects to Yes UPCOMING TRAINING COURSES Burnaby Bluebeam Revu 2015 Basics Feb 10 2016 View all upcoming courses WATCH ICBA s latest videos Build your business with the ICBA ADVANTAGE View the history of ICBA in our new ICBA40 anniversary videos The Independent Contractors and Businesses Association of British Columbia 1975 2016 JOIN US JOIN OUR MAILING LIST TO RECEIVE UPDATES ON MAJOR PROJECTS

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  • ARTICLES & OPINIONS Archives - ICBA - Independent Contractors and Businesses Association of British Columbia
    and near B C and a big geographic advantage in shipping it to key Asian markets What can the emerging LNG industry do for British Columbians Opinions remain divided over B C apprenticeship requirements August 25 2015 by ICBA Blog Posted in ARTICLES OPINIONS No Comments Journal of Commerce by Peter Caulfield August 14 2015 B C construction industry organization heads are divided on the effectiveness of the provincial government s new Apprentices on Public Projects policy which came into effect July 1 2015 The government initiative will require contractors working on public construction projects that contain at least a 15 million government investment to sponsor apprentices through the Read More Opinion National rebar tariff is a Buy America preference imposed on B C August 7 2015 by ICBA Blog Posted in ARTICLES OPINIONS No Comments Canada is a trading nation that is the envy of many because of the wealth of our resources and the resourcefulness of our people Every province is formed by diverse and unique trading economies requiring diverse skilled people It s our unyielding ability to import and export goods that help our provinces grow our national economy thrive and our country compete Read More Step backwards for labour relations in B C July 15 2015 by ICBA Blog Tags BC Hydro bcac BTU construction Hochstein ICBA NDP open shop opinion pcaa Philip Hochstein rio tinto sigurdson site c Posted in ARTICLES OPINIONS No Comments Simple reality No open shop contractor including members of the Progressive Contractors Association of Canada PCAC and the BC Construction Association BCCA would support special status for any contractor based on union affiliation especially when bidding on taxpayer funded projects Not only was it disappointing that BC Hydro signed an MOU with the building trades unions BTU that gives added weight Read More BC Hydro needs inclusive model for Site C construction March 4 2015 by ICBA Blog Tags BC Hydro construction economy ICBA Philip Hochstein prosperity site c Posted in ARTICLES OPINIONS No Comments If the goal is to jeopardize the Site C Clean Energy project then the building trades unions deserve credit Site C is a province building opportunity that is a key asset in an increasingly competitive global economy It will produce firm power for more than a century contribute 3 2 billion to B C s GDP generate approximately 10 000 direct jobs and an additional Read More Cost of new homes will increase because of new national rebar tariff December 9 2014 by ICBA Blog Posted in ARTICLES OPINIONS No Comments B C homeowners can expect the cost of buying a new home to increase because of a new national tariff on rebar B C s housing market is already unaffordable for many British Columbians said Philip Hochstein president Independent Contractors and Businesses Association of B C This new tariff will make an already difficult situation worse for young families Rebar currently accounts for six Read More Pipeline points to powerful potential November 14 2014 by

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  • No silver bullet for housing affordability in BC - ICBA - Independent Contractors and Businesses Association of British Columbia
    but rarely have much to say about costs View the BC Construction Monitor that addresses housing affordability in the province Did you know for example that Vancouver s requirement for a LEED Gold Standard on projects requiring rezoning is estimated to add nearly 12 000 to the cost of a condo And there are many other examples of mandatory features that many homebuyers would probably choose to do without if they were allowed that choice Concrete and correctible issues like regulatory costs are where we need to focus our efforts even though many other issues also contribute to housing costs That includes the ongoing influx of people from around the world into Metro Vancouver but it s a largely unavoidable and an otherwise welcome outcome of living in a vibrant world class city To a significant extent we ve imposed higher housing costs on ourselves or allowed governments to do so We need more transparency and awareness in relation to government imposed costs and a concerted effort to bring them down And we need to give people greater freedom of choice to strike their own balance between housing features and affordability Post navigation What LNG can mean for British Columbians The BC Construction Monitor Federal Election Issue Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must be logged in to post a comment Menu ICBA Independent News Media Publications Links Search for Recent Posts 3 Myths About Pipeline Projects In B C The Trans Mountain Expansion Project is a winning proposition for Canada ICBA tells National Energy Board 5 Reasons the Kinder Morgan expansion project is good for BC and BC families B C pipeline decision sends chill through industry Getting to yes It s where British Columbians want to be LATEST NEWS NEWS Group of B C businesses contractors create pro

    Original URL path: http://icba.ca/2015/09/22/no-silver-bullet-for-housing-affordability-in-bc/ (2016-02-07)
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  • What LNG can mean for British Columbians.
    housing affordability in BC Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must be logged in to post a comment Menu ICBA Independent News Media Publications Links Search for Recent Posts 3 Myths About Pipeline Projects In B C The Trans Mountain Expansion Project is a winning proposition for Canada ICBA tells National Energy Board 5 Reasons the Kinder Morgan expansion project is good for BC and BC families B C pipeline decision sends chill through industry Getting to yes It s where British Columbians want to be LATEST NEWS NEWS Group of B C businesses contractors create pro pipeline petition and social media campaign NEWS Trans Mountain Expansion Project is a winning proposition for Canada GROWING THE ECONOMY Responsible development creates thriving communities and a stronger BC Join us in bringing projects to Yes UPCOMING TRAINING COURSES Burnaby Bluebeam Revu 2015 Basics Feb 10 2016 View all upcoming courses WATCH ICBA s latest videos Build your business with the ICBA ADVANTAGE View the history of ICBA in our new ICBA40 anniversary videos The Independent Contractors and Businesses Association of British Columbia 1975 2016 JOIN US JOIN OUR MAILING LIST TO RECEIVE UPDATES ON MAJOR PROJECTS ISSUES IMPACTING THE INDUSTRY AND UPCOMING

    Original URL path: http://icba.ca/2015/08/31/what-lng-can-mean-for-british-columbians/ (2016-02-07)
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  • Opinions remain divided over BC apprenticeship requirements
    its policy aims to ensure British Columbians are trained to fill the million job openings almost one half of which are in the skilled trades and technical occupations that are expected between now and 2022 It said the legislation will also help meet the labour workforce requirements of private sector projects citing the recent agreement between the province and Pacific NorthWest LNG that might result in a 36 billion investment Shirley Bond Minister of Jobs Tourism and Skills Training said the government has not set a quota for apprentices on job sites We recognize some projects lend themselves more to apprentices than others she said By not arbitrarily setting a quota it allows contractors to determine how to best hire for their jobsite Bond said B C is reaching a tipping point with fewer young people entering the workforce than older people leaving it If projects proceed as planned and the retirement rate remains the same every year between 2019 and 2022 demand for construction trades workers will exceed supply by an average 2 000 jobs per year she said Tom Sigurdson executive director of B C Building Trades calls the government program a step in the right direction The government doesn t know the rate of apprentices on publicly funded projects so the first year of the program will be about data collection he said If the government finds the rate of apprenticeship is something like 25 per cent the recommendation of the Premier s LNG Working Group then that s good But if it s much lower than that it might have to offer incentives to contractors to hire apprentices or even penalize them Gary Herman CEO of the Industry Training Authority says the government is leading by example There are three sources of skilled construction workers Herman said You can grow your own poach them from another employer or import them from another country If you grow your own you ll have more loyal employees Herman said the government s program will help to increase the supply of trained construction workers the province needs but more still needs to be done We need more employers to hire apprentices he said Of every five construction employers today only one employs apprentices Manley McLachlan president of the B C Construction Association said the BCCA helped to develop the government s policy So we re disappointed the government made a last minute change that raised the threshold for trade contractors from 250 000 to 500 000 McLachlan said Raising the threshold reduces the number of targeted employers We don t see the change assisting the goal of getting more employers involved in the apprenticeship system McLachlan said the government s policy covers only capital projects and it should also include a requirement for public sector institutions to have apprentices on their staffs for maintenance and operations work Thirty per cent of construction employers hire 80 per cent of apprentices he said If every employer hired apprentices we wouldn t have

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  • National rebar tariff is a Buy America preference imposed on BC
    nation that does not allow for a one size fits all approach when it comes to trade policies In B C the newly imposed tariff on rebar is having an adverse effect on our construction industry and our economy That s why the Independent Contractors and Businesses Association and the government of British Columbia decided to stand for B C and protect our competitiveness We are appealing to the CITT to exempt B C from this national tariff because of our unique market There are no rebar producing steel mills in B C Because of capacity issues and high transportation costs foreign owned eastern Canadian steel mills have not been able to supply our market Nor have they shown interest Some domestic producers strategically decided to leave our market in 2014 As a result our province has had to rely on U S and non NAFTA suppliers The current tariff means B C is denied access to the most competitively priced rebar available and this increases the cost of construction Unnecessarily the tariff is also costing cash strapped taxpayers more and it is hurting B C families and small businesses For example the cost of buying a new home in Metro Vancouver s already unaffordable market will increase more than it would have because of the tariff Mortgaged over 25 years even a modest increase in cost represents a large amount for a home buyer Those lucky enough to afford a mortgage pay significantly more than they should Those trying to get into the market may be squeezed out ICBA debates with CITT that BC should be exempt from rebar tariff because the local market is not adequately supplied by Canadian mills The Independent Contractors and Businesses Association and the government of British Columbia will this week at the public interest inquiry in Vancouver be standing up to foreign owned eastern Canadian steel mills that do not serve our market We will be standing up to mills in the U S that are the only beneficiaries of the new tariff We will be standing up to protect B C jobs and B C families This new tariff is effectively a Buy America preference imposed on B C It is not protecting our competitiveness Rather it puts us at risk It is not protecting B C or any Canadian jobs Rather we are creating jobs for Americans and harming jobs here at home We are asking the CITT to do the right thing and exempt B C from a national tariff that hurts B C and doesn t protect Canadian jobs Philip Hochstein is president of the Independent Contractors and Businesses Association of B C Column originally appeared in the Vancouver Sun July 27 2015 Post navigation Step backwards for labour relations in B C Opinions remain divided over B C apprenticeship requirements Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must be logged in to post a comment Menu ICBA Independent News Media Publications Links Search for Recent Posts 3 Myths About

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