January 2018 - ICBA

OP/ED: Why Site C Matters to Kamloops

ICBA Communications Director Jordan Bateman cut a 90-second guest editorial for NL Radio in Kamloops Jan. 3 – and dug into why Site C matters for Kamloops residents.

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Full script:

It’s easy to think that big decisions like the Site C Dam project won’t have a major effect on you, your friends or your neighbours in Kamloops.

After all, Site C is nearly a thousand kilometres away from Riverside Park. How could a Fort St. John construction site possibly contribute to the prosperity of your community?

But for 89 families living in and around Kamloops, Site C is everything. 89 men and women from your city are part of the thousands working to build the dam. And the NDP’s decision to keep the project going was a huge relief to them.

That’s 89 families who can now count on up to 7 more years of high-paying, steady work at the dam. And more construction workers will be needed as the project progresses. A generation of apprentices will cut their teeth building Site C – becoming the backbone of the industry for decades to come.

Those 89 families aren’t the only beneficiaries in Kamloops. Keeping the project going saved us all from a 10 per cent Hydro rate hike. That’s a big chunk of change for the average family.

And the electricity that Site C will generate will be used by every business, every government office, every home for the next century.

Want a thriving tech economy in this province? We’ll need Site C’s clean power.

Want to make life more affordable? We’ll need Site C’s inexpensive power.

Want a good quality of life? We’ll need Site C’s reliable power.

Kamloops may be a thousand kilometers away from Site C, but the city is a big winner.

For NL Radio and the Independent Contractors and Businesses Association, I’m Jordan Bateman.

TRAINING THURSDAY: Drugs and Alcohol in the Workplace

Happy New Year from the ICBA training department! 

We invite you to register now for our January 17 breakfast session in Burnaby, Drugs and Alcohol in the Workplace – Employer Rights and Obligations.

With the prevalence of prescribed marijuana for medical reasons, employers need to be aware of their options. How do you deal with an employee in a safety-sensitive role who has a medical marijuana licence? Are they still allowed to perform their safety sensitive job? If an employee with a licence says they need to use their marijuana at the workplace, how is this addressed? Are employees with medical marijuana licences exempt from drug testing?

Here’s what will be covered:

  • Drug and Alcohol Policies
  • Testing for Drug and Alcohol Use
  • Consequences for Testing Positive
  • Pre-employment Situations
  • Impaired at Work Situations
  • Accommodation requirements for workers with drug and or alcohol addiction
  • Suggested wording on Medical Marijuana to update company policies.

You’ll also earn 1.5 Group A CPD Points from BC Housing! Check out this course and all of our upcoming workshops at www.icba.ca/training, and subscribe to our newsletter at www.icba.ca/trainingnewsletter for the latest updates.

Don’t forget, members receive a discount on their course registrations! You can become a member now by visiting www.icba.ca/become-a-member.

TRAINING THURSDAY: Harassment in the workplace – Employer responsibilities (Breakfast Session)

The popular Harassment in the Workplace – Employer Responsibilities breakfast session is back! Our next session will take place on January 24 in Burnaby; don’t miss out!

The presenter will cover the following issues:

  • What is bullying and harassment and what are the risks?
  • What should an Employer do when faced with a potential bullying and harassment situation?
  • Employer’s duty to investigate
  • Workplace training
  • Disciplinary responses
  • Complaints made for improper reasons
  • Creation of policies
  • Access to information
  • Workplace training
  • Proactive steps to help protect the workplace

Participants will be provided with real life examples involving the above topics together with practical business-based solutions.  There will also be time for questions, so feel free to think about some real-life situations you may need some assistance with. You will also earn 2 Group A Continued Professional Development points from BC Housing.

To register for this course or any of ICBA’s other training sessions, visit www.icba.ca/training. Or, send our training team a message at training@icba.ca. They’d love to chat with you.

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2017 REPORT: ICBA Trains More Workers Than Ever Before

It was a record-setting year for ICBA’s professional development department, as nearly 5,000 people trained and/or apprenticed with ICBA last year.

As highlighted in our inaugural Annual ICBA Training and Apprenticeship Report, ICBA is the single-largest sponsor of construction apprentices in British Columbia, with 1,173 spread through two dozen different trades. Check out the report to read about some of those apprentices – the future of B.C. trades.

We also trained 3,346 people in courses all over B.C. – 12 different cities, in fact.

Read the full 2017 Annual ICBA Training and Apprenticeship Report HERE.


In 2017, the BC Building Code added the BC Energy Step Code in an effort to increase energy efficiency requirements and map the transition to Net Zero Energy Ready buildings in our province over the next 15 years. The code is voluntary but our training department wants to help you better understand it!

They invite you to register now for our The Energy Step Code: What Energy Modelling will mean for Designers, Builders, and Trades in BC breakfast session in Burnaby on January 26. You can also earn 2 Group A CPD Points from BC Housing! 

This performance standard requires energy modelling and an air tightness test on all buildings, and removes many of the specific requirements for efficiency of products and equipment. This approach increases flexibility for projects but also requires greater coordination between project teams. 

This presentation will provide:

  • An overview of the new requirements 
  • Guidance for designers, builders, and trades to take advantage of the flexibility of the Energy Step Code, including research on the specific costs and design changes from the Energy Step Code
  • Update on how local governments will be using the Energy Step Code in bylaws and policies, including a standardized inspection checklist.

More information and resources related to the Energy Step Code are available at www.energystepcode.ca.

To register, visit www.icba.ca/training. Have some questions? Email the training team at training@icba.ca or give us a call a 604-298-7795.

ICBA CAST: BCLP’s last leader debate, Resource Forum, & Road Taxes

ICBA CAST: Chris Gardner and Jordan Bateman preview the biggest debate of the BC Liberal leadership race, talk about the Resource Forum in Prince George, the wild and wooly world of Weaver’s wacky warblings, and the TransLink Mayors’ never-ending push to get more of your money. Plus, pro protestor portapotties and what it proves…
Download for free (Just search for ICBA Cast in the iTunes and Google Play podcast stores) or listen here:

TRAINING THURSDAY: Managing Stress in the Workplace

Life is stressful, and that is never more apparent than at work.

Approaching deadlines, client phone calls and a growing inbox can are just a few examples. Luckily, our training department is here to help with our upcoming Managing Stress in the Workplace workshops!In this workshop, learn how to recognize stress, how it affects your work and personal life, and effective strategies to handle stress in the workplace. You will also learn how to reduce your stress and set goals for effectively managing internal and external stressors. 

Here’s what will be covered:

  *   What is Stress?

  *   How do we React to Stress?

  *   Exploring our Sources of Stress

  *   Stress Management Strategies

  *   Stress Reduction/Relaxation (including practical exercises)

  *   Personal Goal Setting

Sounds like something you need? Our next session takes place in Victoria on March 16 and Kelowna on March 23. Register now! You’ll also earn 7 Group A CPD points from BC Housing.

Interested in offering this course to your entire office? We can do that too! Email our training team at training@icba.ca and they will be pleased to assist you with all the logistics.

We also invite you to check out our entire list of upcoming courses at www.icba.ca/training.