Phase 2 Reopening – BCCSA’s Recommended Phased approach

As British Columbia enters Phase 2 of the provincial restart during the COVID-19 pandemic, employers are now considering how to manage office-based staff who have been working at home during Phase 1. Including a recommended gradual and staged approach to returning these workers to the office. BCCSA has prepared this document including fillable forms covering:…

Best Practices for Operating Safely during COVID-19

May 6, 2020, the Government of BC released BC’s Restart Plan, with timelines on the re-opening of the economy and the repealing of certain COVID-19 restrictions. What the New Normal Means for Employers and Public Institutions The Provincial Health Officer (PHO) identified the risk of transmission at busy workplaces and other institutions as a direct…

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Shop@Home initiative offers consumers free samples & advice.

TORLYS Introduces “Shop Globally, Buy Locally” Program “Shop@Home” initiative offers consumers free samples & advice from the comforts of home. TORLYS, a global flooring company specializing in beautiful, responsible flooring solutions has launched the “Shop Globally, Buy Locally” program, aimed at offering consumers flooring options from around the world that can be easily purchased locally and…

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Preparing Workplaces with Pending Economic Re-Opening

Surrey Board of Trade Releases Call to Action and Planning Guide to Prepare Workplaces with Pending Economic Re-Opening The Surrey Board of Trade has released a call to action to their 6,000 member contacts and to Surrey’s business community with an Action Guide full of ideas and concepts to consider and implement, as we start…

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HAVAN Awards for housing excellence – Finalist showcase 2020

  Photo: Martin Knowles Photo/Media Builder: Novak Contracting & Construction Ltd. Project: Outside In Location: Surrey Project Finalist: Custom Home:$2 million to under $3 million; Best Space: New Construction, Best Special Feature, New or Renovated (2); Best New Kitchen: $50,000-99,999; and Best Master Suite:New or Renovated Open to the stars above, this fully enclosed, two-storey interior courtyard, with automated…

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Global Passive House Happy Hour

  Dear Passive House enthusiast; This is social distancing at its finest! This weekly event enables our Passive House community to come together to continue to share all the great work that we are doing to spread something good in the world. The Global Passive House Happy Hour will happen again this Wednesday May 6 at 4pm Vancouver, with participants joining…

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COVID-19: Making sense of federal resources

During COVID-19, the Federal Government is offering business resources to help keep employees working with the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy, and businesses operational with access to credit, deferred tax payments, and the Canada Emergency Response Benefit etc. Some resources preclude others, and not every resource will fit your business model. Understanding the offers, who it…

Business Continuity Planning & COVID-19

  Federated Insurance is sharing resources to help members during COVID-19, including business continuity planning guides, checklists plus signage to ensure you and your business are protected. In order to develop an appropriate business continuity plan, you’ll need to know the risks your business is facing. You may not be able to prepare for each…

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BCCSA: Resources & Frequently Asked Q&A During Covid-19

The BC Construction Safety Alliance BCCSA has been developing, posting, and sharing many resources around Construction and COVID-19, such as safety notices, sign downloadables, FAQs, and mental health resources. Check them out below. The BC Construction Safety Alliance is a not-for-profit association that provides services to over 40,000 construction companies employing over 200,000 workers. Resources…

Beginners Guide to Managing a Remote Team Impact Recruitment

Beginner’s Guide to Managing a Remote Team

Reposted from: by Katie MacAlister | Mar 26, 2020 | Employer Info, General News, Impact Recruitment Updates, Job Seeker Info The COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, and businesses across the country are responding to changing government policies by sending their employees home to work remotely – many for the first time. As a manager, your team is going to be looking to you…

Kuhn LLP: How COVID-19 Impacts Construction Contracts

Introduction The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is significantly impacting the construction industry in British Columbia.  But is it enough to legally justify changing or terminating your contractual obligations? Business is becoming more difficult.  Some provinces have shut down all non-essential businesses.  British Columbia may soon follow.  Even if the construction industry is exempt from being shut…

Trillium Project Shares Covid-19 Operating Procedures

Trillium Projects is a Vancouver based construction and project management company.  Over the past 20-years, they have developed over one billion dollars of real estate ranging from townhomes and condominiums, to senior assisted dwellings and custom homes. In response to the Covid-19 outbreak, Trillium Projects has instigated the following site operating procedures during an anticipated…

ALAIR HOMES Invites Industry into their Weekly All Partner Calls

Feeling overwhelmed and alone? We get together every Wednesday. Join us. Every day in communities all across North America, we help people live happier, healthier and more productive lives. Whether it’s building or renovating someone’s dream home, or bringing a community together, our goal is really quite simple. Help Others. With all the challenges COVID-19…

Capital Home Energy – Release Covid-19 Work Site Policy

ATTENTION Important information about the site visit: As the COVID-19 situation continues to develop, Capital Home Energy is sharing some best practices and our policies for site visits. These policies are put in place to help reduce Coronavirus transmission risks. During these truly unique times, extraordinary measures need to be taken for the health and…

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COUNTING THE DAYS – UNDERSTANDING THE “21 DAY NOTICE” PROCESS UNDER THE BUILDERS LIEN ACT

A builders’ lien can be an effective tool for those in the construction industry, such as contractors, subcontractors, workers, and material suppliers to secure payment. A lien hinders owners from selling their property and can hold up project financing, providing a lien claimant with significant leverage in payment disputes. However, there is a very strict…

Under Pressure: Putting the Job Before the Agreement

Homeowners and general contractors often find themselves under various pressures to complete work and advance the project. The rushed approach that often ensues can cause parties to overlook or postpone settling essential terms with subcontractors. The recent case of Limem Forming West Ltd. v. Stuart Olson Dominion Construction Ltd., 2017 BCSC 1485, highlights the dangers…

Getting Paid and Fixing Deficiencies

It can be very frustrating when a homeowner refuses to make the final payment because of seemingly inconsequential “deficiencies”. However, the BC Supreme Court made it clear in Constructum Developments Inc. v. Hogaboam, 2015 BCSC 1490, that a homeowner may be entitled to correction of all deficiencies before they are obligated to make the final payment. In fact, a contractor’s insistence on receiving final payment before fixing final deficiencies may actually result in a repudiation of the parties’ agreement.

Going Green the Smart Way

Greater demand from consumers and regulators in British Columbia for environmentally sustainable or “green” building practices suggests potential benefits for “green-contractors”. A common strategy is to adopt a labelling system that advertises compliance with defined environmental standards. Common examples of green-labels used in B.C.’s construction industry include the Energy Star label and the Built Green seals.