The B.C. government is moving forward on the implementation of the new agreement for key public sector infrastructure projects in B.C.
The Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) will deliver jobs, training and apprenticeships, and more trades opportunities for Indigenous peoples, women and youth around the province.
The first projects to be delivered under the new community benefits framework are the new Pattullo Bridge and projects within the Trans-Canada four-laning program under CBA. Other major capital infrastructure projects will be assessed on a case-by-case basis as to whether and how community benefits will apply.
Community benefits will:
- encourage opportunities for local participation
- provide apprenticeship and skills training opportunities
- increase opportunities for Indigenous peoples and traditionally underrepresented groups
- provide predictable and aligned compensation
- provide labour stability and certainty, without interruption
- provide safe working conditions free of discrimination and harassment
- allow any contractor to bid
- maximize access to available skilled labour
- realize opportunities to grow the skilled workforce
On Jan. 2, 2019, the board of directors of B.C. Infrastructure Benefits Inc. (BCIB) was announced. BCIB is the Crown corporation responsible for executing the Province’s Community Benefits Agreement.
BCIB was established in July 2018, with its first priority being to support the delivery of the new Pattullo Bridge and projects within the Trans-Canada four-laning program under the CBA. BCIB will lead the recruitment, hiring and co-ordination of skilled labour for these projects, in addition to human resources, employee relations, identifying training needs and reporting and performance measurement.