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Carpenters, Carpenter Apprentices, & Material Handlers Wanted in Victoria

BCRCC Local 1598 is seeking carpenters, carpenter apprentices, and material handlers to work on commercial projects in the Victoria area. Our collective agreement offers premium wage rates, a comprehensive benefit plan for you and your family, as well as a pension plan:

• Certified journeypeople earn: $34.00 / hr +8% holiday and vacation pay
• Employer-paid medical, dental, & pension contributions
• Training and apprenticeships provided
• Paid supervisor & career-advancement training
• Paid overtime

Victoria-based contractors signed to a Local 1598 collective agreement include: Aral Construction, Banyan Construction, Campbell Construction, Coast City Construction, Farmer Construction, Philco Construction, Lida Homes, TCF Contracting, Perma Construction, Pross Construction, Thomas and Birch Cabinetry, West Coast Custom Homes, & West Terra Construction.

To apply, please email Matt at or Jordan at


Carpenters, Carpenter Apprentices, & Material Handlers Wanted in the Lower Mainland

BCRCC Local 1907 is seeking carpenters, carpenter apprentices, and material handlers to work on major projects in the lower mainland. Our collective agreement provides a competitive and comprehensive compensation package:

Contractor: EllisDon Forming
Project:  YVR Core/Parkade
Location: YVR Airport – 4711 Grant McConachie Way – Richmond
Local hires only
• Certified journeypersons earn: $34.47 / hr +8% holiday and vacation pay
• Current work schedule is 40+ hours per week
• 2-year project
• Employer-paid medical, dental, & pension contributions
• Training and apprenticeships provided

Please email Kristine or Jason at to apply.


BCRCC Wins in Carpentry, Scaffolding, and Floor Covering at National Contest

On Saturday, September 14, 2019, members representing B.C. and Yukon dominated at the National Apprenticeship Contest in Ottawa. Placing first in carpentry, scaffolding, and floor covering, respectively, were Local 2499’s Levon Lacoste, Local 1370’s Dave Hutchinson, and Local 1541’s Geoff Roberts.
We’re so proud to have these talented tradespeople representing the BC Regional Council of Carpenters – which includes B.C. and Yukon – and of course our contractors. Congratulations to each of you on your winning performances!
Thank you to all the contestants, organizers, and volunteers who made this event happen!

Local 1907 Annual Member & Family Picnic

Local 1907 held its annual members and family picnic at the Scandinavian Community center in Burnaby on Saturday, July 13. Members enjoyed family fun, BBQ, and – thanks to the generosity Local 1907’s sponsors – everyone got to take home a prize! Thank you to the volunteers who helped facilitate the picnic and ensure it ran smoothly. Over one hundred people came out. Thank you all for attending!

At the event, Brother Al Narcisse was made the recipient of this year’s Local 1907 Doug Urquhart Humanitarian Award. Al exemplifies the spirit of the award, showing dedication and commitment to mentoring and training the next generation of carpenters. Al has been very involved with, and is an excellent ambassador for, the Union on our First Nations training and employment initiatives.

Westminster Savings March & Rally

BCRCC representatives Kristine Byers and Jason Sarac joined the march and rally in support of the Westminster Savings Shaughnessy Station branch this past Friday. That branch, the credit union’s only unionized branch, is slated for closure this autumn. The reason for the closure is officially unrelated to the branch’s union status; however, employees of that branch have been on the picket line since January 22, 2019, “fighting for retirement security and against their employer’s attempts to deny access to the existing defined benefit pension plan for employees hired on or after July 1, 2018.” (Source:

2019 Provincial Carpentry Apprenticeship Contest

The BC/Yukon Regional Council held its annual Provincial Carpentry Apprenticeship Contest in Victoria on June 22. All six contestants performed admirably. Thank you all for participating! This year’s contestants showed a lot of talent.

Representing both the province of British Columbia and Yukon territory at the National Carpentry Apprenticeship in Ottawa will be this year’s winner, Whitehorse’s Local 2499 member Levon Lacoste. Excellent work Levon!

Congratulations to Victoria’s Local 1598 members Andrew Poucher, who placed second, and Brad Shuparsky, who placed third.

It was a great day. Thank you to all the judges and volunteers. Thank you also to Farmer Construction for hosting the event.

Responding to Our Radio Ads?

Heard our radio ads looking for carpenters and scaffolders and want to respond? Here’s who to contact, by location:
For Kamloops: Derrek – Phone: 604.830.8772
For Metro Vancouver: Kristine or Jason – Phone: 604.524.6900
For Victoria: Jordan, Matt, or Tim – Phone: 250.383.8116

BCRCC Representatives Attend Various Day of Mourning Ceremonies in B.C.

BCRCC members and representatives attended Day of Mourning ceremonies at varies locations throughout the province. These public memorials provide an opportunity to honour coworkers who lost their lives to workplace injury or disease and to renew our commitment to establish healthy and safe jobsites.

In 2018 there were 131 work-related deaths in B.C.: More than two work-related death claims were accepted by Worksafe BC each week. Construction remains one of the most dangerous industries with 34 work-related deaths last year.

Here are photos from ceremonies at the Vancouver International Airport, the Workers’ Memorial Stature in Prince George, and at the Jack Poole Plaza in Vancouver.

In Vancouver, Harry Baines, Minister of Labour, addressed those in attendance with regards to confirming the NDP government’s commitment to make BC workplaces the safest in the country. Alec Dan provided the territory greeting from the Musqueam First Nation Band. Sadaf Abdul talked about how when she was just 14 years old when her father was fatally injured in 2010. The scaffolding he was working on started rolling, got caught on something on the floor, and tilted. Her father fell 40 feet, suffering a fatal head injury. Sadaf urged everyone to ask if the job they are going to do is safe, saying, “Don’t hesitate to say no if you don’t feel comfortable doing the job. Your life is so important, more important than the job that needs to get done. You are irreplaceable.”


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.

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