Working with the CBA

Quick Facts for Contractors

  • BCIB is the employer of skilled trades on the site. BCIB administers human resources and payroll for all employees.
  • BCIB has on-site representatives for all our projects, ensuring support for the workforce and contractors is close and accessible.
  • BCIB works hand-in-hand with all contractors to ensure that the qualified workforce they need on-site is provided in a timely and efficient way.
  • All contractors or subcontractors can bid and work on a CBA project. Project procurements are open to union and non-union builders.
  • Anyone can apply for BCIB jobs. Applicants do not need to be a member of any union to apply.
  • Contractors have the ability to name-hire some of the workers on their crew. The crew is then complemented by skilled workers from the dispatch list and local recruitment efforts. For more information on the hiring process please see here.

Health and Safety

  • Safety is a top priority for BCIB, and is a shared responsibility with contractors and subcontractors.
  • The prime contractor retains full responsibility for Occupational Health and Safety as per the Worker’s Compensation Act. BCIB has an Occupational Health and Safety program, and contractors and subcontractors need to achieve or exceed it.
  • BCIB will ensure, in coordination with the contractor, that all levels of Occupational Health and Safety are being maintained by conducting Safety System Assessments on the jobsite.

Priority Hiring

  • Locals, Indigenous peoples, women, and other underrepresented groups get hired first for BCIB projects.
  • BCIB only hires workers if they are qualified, and never to meet a quota or ratio.
  • Priority hiring applies to name requests and workers dispatched from BCIB or the AIRCC unions. See hiring process to learn more.

Orientation and Training

  • The number one reason women leave a career in construction is harassment.
  • That’s why BCIB provides all workers with Respectful Workplace and Anti-Bullying and Harassment Training, Be More Than a Bystander, Foundational Safety Training and Indigenous Cultural Competency Training.
  • We’re working to change job-site culture to attract and retain a more diverse workforce.

CBA Contractor Q & A

BCIB is committed to ongoing dialogue and engagement with industry. Through our efforts we have developed a comprehensive document with key information on labour supply and sourcing, management responsibilities, training and education, payroll and grievances, living out allowance, permitting and other important questions you may have.

You can also reference the Community Benefits Agreement for the full agreement and how it is applied.

Click here for Contractor Resources.