The Independent Contractors and Businesses Association (ICBA) dates back to 1975, making it the elder statesman of Canada’s open shop community. ICBA’s story began in the small town of Trail in the southeastern corner of BC. A number of open shop contractors were denied access to bidding on public work by the NDP government of the day because they were not affiliated with the building trade unions. The contractors formed an association to lobby for their position with the provincial government, and the grassroots provincial movement was underway.
In the face of a persistent building trade union lobby for preferential treatment with respect to public work, ICBA has grown and continues to be the champion of open tendering and fair treatment for all contractors, regardless of their union affiliations. The association also offers a full suite of member services, including Construction Market Intelligence, affinity programs, health and retirement plans, and much more.