BC needs a robust skilled workforce now and in the future. Growing our workforce is critical to shoring up the vital construction industry, as thousands of workers are set to retire in the next decade.
Filling those roles means recruiting workers who have been traditionally underrepresented in the construction trades. Creating career opportunities for women, Indigenous people, locals, and 2SLGBTQ+ workers will help meet the province and industry’s skilled trades needs, today and into the future.
It’s just as important to retain this new talent. That’s why we’re working to make jobsites respectful and safe places. To that end, BCIB has developed the Respectful Onsite Initiative (ROI), a program that helps our employees better understand and support one another.
In Fiscal 2020/21, BCIB worked with its partners in industry to employ nearly 300 British Columbians on Community Benefits Agreement projects.
- 66% of those workers were local to the project, living within 100 km.
- 79% of those workers self-identified as members of a group that is underrepresented in the industry.
- 17% of those workers were Indigenous, compared to the construction industry average of 6%.
- 13% were women, double the industry average.
These skilled tradespeople represent the next generation of skilled construction tradespeople in our province. They have been deployed to eight sites throughout the province, helping ensure CBA projects progress smoothly so British Columbians benefit from the completed infrastructure.
BCIB hasn’t accomplished this alone. BCIB has worked with government project owners, contractors, unions, and our workers to meet our shared goals. Together, we’re helping the Province’s infrastructure investment create roads and bridges, as well as a long-lasting human legacy. This report tells the stories of some of the people who are building that legacy.