BCCA Statement Regarding Compulsory Trades
In our role as the only provincial representative of all employers in BC’s industrial, commercial, and institutional construction industry, BCCA was at the table with government and other industry leaders to ensure all opinions on compulsory trades were adequately represented.
• This is a complex issue where employer opinions are strongly divided.
• Our goal has been to reduce the depth and scope of this new policy and minimize any additional barriers that will result.
• Apprenticeship training and credentials are very important, and we fully support and encourage tradespeople to pursue accreditation, but there is a balance that must be maintained. Too much policy and regulation can be counterproductive to success.
With BC’s ongoing skilled trades shortage in no sign of retreat, and as BC ramps up for post-COVID-19 recovery, it’s more essential than ever that all parties find compromise solutions to keep our industry and economy going with as little interference as possible.