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Article: Integrated Carpentry Tutorials IP (Red Seal) Exam Refresher Course

Richard teaching the proper setup and use of a transit level.

Here is a fantastic article about Local 527 member Richard Dickenson’s Integrated Carpentry Tutorials IP (Red Seal) exam refresher course, which is 100% reimbursable for members that pass the IP exam. The article outlines his approach for how he gets people ready, including having the ITA application paperwork done before the course itself starts. Students that take Richard’s course have over a 90% success rate with the exam.

LNG Project in Kitimat Gets Green Light

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After years of anticipation, LNG Canada has announced the go-ahead for the $40-billion LNG facility in Kitimat. It will be the biggest industrial project in BC’s history. As such, the BCRCC is excited about the announcement and the forthcoming opportunities for our members and our contractors.

In April of this year, LNG Canada selected the engineering joint venture of Fluor Corp, of Houston, Texas, and JGC Corp, based in Yokohama, Japan, as the prime contractor for the project. The joint venture won the contract for the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC).

LNG Canada estimates that it will cost up to $40 billion to construct the terminal and complete the various infrastructures, including the $4.7-billion Coastal Gaslink pipeline from northeastern BC to Kitimat. The project will employ thousands of construction workers and take roughly five years to complete.

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We will keep our membership up to date through our social media sites as this project moves forward: Facebook & Twitter. Again, we are very excited about this announcement.

Here are some external links on the topic:
CBC – $40-Billion LNG Project in Northern BC Gets Go-ahead
CTV News – LNG Canada Project in B.C. Gets Shareholders’ OK
LNG Canada

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2018 National Apprenticeship Contest

We hosted the 2018 National Apprenticeship Contest in Richmond, BC, on Saturday, August 18. The top apprentices from across Canada represented their respective provinces and competed to be recognized as the best in the country in each of the following trades: carpentry, scaffolding, drywall, and floor covering. Two of the Contest winners were BCRCC members! Local 1598’s Tyson Munro won in carpentry (marking back-to-back wins for BC in carpentry). And Local 1541’s Quinton Leeson won in floor covering. Excellent work! Here are some contest photos.

Major B.C. Infrastructure Projects to Use Community Benefits Agreement Model

On July 16, 2018, Premier Horgan and the provincial government released an official announcement making Community Benefits Agreements (or CBAs) the model for large, publicly-funded infrastructure projects in British Columbia. CBA projects aim to benefit the communities around those projects by hiring locally (especially Indigenous peoples and women), maximizing apprenticeship opportunities, coordinating access to existing training programs to create skilled workers, and ensuring that workers doing the same job at the same level get the same wage.

Here’s a link to the announcement.

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