VANCOUVER — The Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA) has announced its support of the B.C. Builders Code, a program that aims to make jobsites inclusive and welcoming to all people.
“As progressive contractors we want to help lead the way and show that the construction sector is committed to setting the bar higher,” said Paul de Jong, president of the PCA, in a press release. “As our construction workforce becomes more diverse, industry has a responsibility to ensure all worksites are welcoming and inclusive.”
De Jong noted that between now and 2029, the province’s construction industry will have to offset the retirement of more than 25,000 construction workers. He said although B.C. does better than most provinces, women still account for only 6.4 per cent of its construction workforce, while Indigenous people represent approximately 5.7 per cent of B.C.’s construction labour force.
The program is paid for by the province and has been developed by the BC Construction Association (BCCA). The Builders Code defines what constitutes an “acceptable worksite” as a starting point for reducing risk and ensuring a safe and productive workplace for all workers. The Builders Code and its materials are designed to assist construction employers communicate a reasonable, consistent standard of behaviour.
“Building a sustainable construction workforce requires a shift in culture,” said Keri Salvisburg, PCA’s vice-president of member services, in the release. “There’s simply no place for outdated attitudes and biases, not if our industry wants to convince more job seekers that construction offers rewarding, life-long careers.”
BCCA president Chris Atchison praised the association for embracing the code.
“We appreciate PCA’s leadership in supporting the Builders Code,” said Chris Atchison, President and CEO, of the B.C. Construction Association. “This is an excellent time to show our commitment to the health and well-being of B.C.’s construction workforce in everything we do.”