British Columbia Construction Association (BCCA) threw its support behind Premier Christy Clark and her Canada Starts Here: The B.C. Jobs Plan. "The B.C. Construction Association fully supports Premier Clark in her efforts to stimulate B.C.’s economy and is dedicated to working with the provincial government to continue the forward-moving momentum," stated Manley McLachlan, president of the association.
“The B.C. Construction Association fully supports Premier Clark in her efforts to stimulate B.C.’s economy and is dedicated to working with the provincial government to continue the forward-moving momentum.” stated Manley McLachlan, president of the association.
“The plan, unveiled in full today at a press conference in Vancouver, outlines several goals over numerous sectors in B.C. While we note that construction was not among those listed, we recognize, as we are sure the premier does, that a healthy construction industry is essential to the success of the plan.
"After all, nothing happens until something gets built. Infrastructure expansion, support to small businesses, and job creation are all integral to BC’s Construction industry. Many businesses were concerned at the loss of the HST this year, but with plans underway to work with business leaders to cut red tape and streamline administration of provincial taxes, we can all breathe a little easier.”
He added that the construction industry is looking forward to seeing positive results from the new Major Investments Office at the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation and the B.C. Jobs and Investment Board.
Of particular value to the construction industry, he noted, is the support that the premier has provided to the province’s apprenticeship program.
"With a looming skilled worker shortage, it is imperative to continue to grow the programs that are in place and support skills development," he said.
"The British Columbia Training Tax Credit has provided assistance to many employers willing to take on an apprentice and provide them with the training they need," McLachlan said.
"By extending the period of eligibility to this tax credit, Premier Clark has demonstrated that she understands the importance of the apprenticeship programs to the industry and the province."
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