What are Community Benefits? There are many types of community benefits agreements. Generally speaking, a CBA is an agreement that sets recruitment rules for publicly funded infrastructure projects. Generally, there will be provisions to hire a skilled local workforce first, as well as under-represented groups, including Aboriginal people, apprentices and women in occupations. THE CBAs also contain provisions relating to union wages and ensure that there are no work stoppages (strikes, lockouts) during the construction period. A pioneering new agreement for major public sector infrastructure projects in B.C will provide well-paying jobs, better training and apprenticeships, and more business opportunities for Indigenous, women and youth in the interprovided province. SAAs help ensure that public projects are completed on time and on budget, and provide benefits to the municipalities where they are built. CBAs ensure that taxpayers` money is reinvested in local communities and that there is a sustainable heritage of experience, skills, training and employability among the workers who built the project. Why can`t contractors hire whoever they want and pay what they want? In the absence of provisions setting out local hiring and union wage requirements, unscrupulous subcontractors could hire workers from outside B.C and possibly even temporary foreign workers from outside Canada. As was the case with the construction of the Canada Line. The workers were brought in from Latin America and paid $3.47 an hour. Even on site C “Non-Building Trades portion of work”, 20% of workers are not B.C.
First, preference must be given to hiring qualified local workers, to a salary that allows them to support their families and invest in their own communities. Why it matters: The Court of Appeal will decide whether BC`s Supreme Court or the Labour Relations Council is the appropriate forum to hear the concerns of a coalition of contractors and unions about the deal. Under the government`s new Community Benefits Agreement, a new crown company, BC Infrastructure Benefits Inc. (BCIB), will provide a diverse and skilled workforce for certain major public infrastructure projects. BCIB will hire the construction workers of the project and work with unions and contractors to send labour and manage the pay slip and social benefits. Generally speaking, a CBA is an agreement that sets recruitment rules for publicly funded infrastructure projects, such as schools, roads and dams. The Pattullo Bridge replacement project as part of a CBA is an example of a publicly funded infrastructure project. The Community Benefits Coalition of BC was created to ensure that publicly funded projects in British Columbia contribute to municipalities in the province paying industry standard wages to workers by providing skilled residents and traditionally under-represented groups in the craft sector, such as apprentices, indigenous workers and women in handicrafts, safe work, qualification and safe working conditions. These benefits can be guaranteed by community benefits agreements.. . . .