ICBA represents The entrepreneurs, businesspeople, and skilled construction professionals building BC
Every morning in British Columbia, 225,000 men and women get up and go to work on a construction site. They are employed by some of the best and brightest entrepreneurs in Canada; independent contractors who are taking a risk on their business, their talents, and their teams. Together, these men and women are building every part of our province – from the largest LNG plants to the tallest condo buildings to the busiest hospitals to the rural farmhouse. They are building our communities, one job at a time.
We’re proud to represent more than 3,500+ of these entrepreneurs, businesspeople, skilled construction professionals, independent contractors, sub-trades, and responsible resource development companies – who together employ 100,000 Canadians.
They are the open shop companies – independent contractors who treat their workers well, build incredible projects, seek fair bidding opportunities, and create our communities’ homes, schools, roads, services, and much more.
Everything we do at ICBA is dedicated to serving these open shop businesses, helping their teams, and growing their businesses. We come to work every day because we believe in the people in construction and resource development.
To protect their workers and their families, we have grown into one of the leading independent providers of group benefits in western Canada. To ensure there are opportunities for future generations of workers, we are now the single largest sponsor of trades apprentices in BC.
To build the strong economy we know is vital to create the opportunities for projects and jobs, ICBA is the province’s leader in public policy analysis, advocacy initiatives, social media, and provides training focused on supporting the construction sector and ensuring responsible resource development.
We offer services that have proven to help our businesses grow, including human resources help, wellness programs, innovative professional development courses, wage and benefit surveys, jobs boards, and much more – all geared to improve our members’ team and bottom line.
Whether you’re an entrepreneur striking out on your first solo job, a sub-trade looking for new projects, a general contractor in the midst of a tough bid, a resource development company looking for workers, a booming construction company, or anything in between – ICBA is there to help you meet every challenge and seize every opportunity.
Our relationship with ICBA spans over a decade. We are incredibly appreciative for their responsiveness and prompt customer service whenever we have needed assistance. We look forward to our continued partnership into the future.
Members and Clients
People on an ICBA benefit plan
of the BC Construction Industry
Vision + Mission
Advocate for fairness, opportunity, and free enterprise. Support the success of open shop contractors and ICBA members by delivering services that enhance the competitiveness of their business.
History of the ICBA
The Independent Contractors and Businesses Association dates back to 1975, making it one of the oldest advocates in Canada’s open shop association community. Open shop contractors were denied access to bid on public work by the NDP provincial government, simply because they were not affiliated with a building trade union. More than 150 of these contractors met in Trail, BC, and, on April 26, 1975, formed an association to lobby for openness, fairness, and transparency in the way taxpayer-funded infrastructure projects were tendered. A grassroots provincial movement was underway.
In the face of a persistent building trade union lobby for preferential treatment, special deals, and closed shop work sites, ICBA’s commitment to equality, fairness, and open job sites resonated. ICBA’s position is clear: no special deals or favours. Every construction contractor and every man and woman working in construction deserves a fair shot at taxpayer-funded projects.
Our success has eclipsed the vision of the open shop contractors who met in Trail in 1975. Today, ICBA offers a full suite of member services, including training, apprenticeship sponsorship, benefits, wellness programs, and much more. ICBA is the single largest sponsor of trades apprentices in BC, and 85% of construction workers in the province work for open shop companies like the ones represented by ICBA.
The Independent Contractors and Businesses Association is governed by a board of directors chosen by the membership at our Annual General Meeting. Become an ICBA member and meet our Board.