Electrical Contractors Association of BC
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Why Join? Member's Benefits

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Members: Graham Trafford, Dan Robertson and Mike Richer:
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  • ECABC = Advocacy!

    ECABC is Your Voice. Since 1952 the Electrical Contractors Association of BC has represented the interests of electrical contractors and suppliers.

    What does that mean? Advocacy! Here are just a few industry issues we have worked on in the past few months:

    Prompt Payment Legislation: The United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and the U.S. have enacted some form of prompt payment legislation. Canada has not. From 2007 to 2012 the average duration of a receivable in the construction industry has increased by over 13% from 62.8 days to 71.1 days. ECABC is working with trade associations across the country to reduce payment delays in federal construction projects!

    BC Hydro: When BC Hydro switched to Regionally Optimized Contracts, ECABC stood up on behalf of our members to ensure the tender process was fair to all contractors, large or small. And when Hydro cancelled appointments on short notice costing our members lost wages and project delays, we pushed for better practices. And we continue to stand up for our members, directing our concerns to the BCH managers who are responsible!

    BC Safety Authority: Project inspections ensure the safety of workers and guarantees that work is done right and up to code. When we noticed that the number of inspections was dropping below an acceptable level, we took BCSA to task. ECABC advocated for a change, demanding an increase in inspections and better accountability. We have seen an improvement, but we are still not satisfied. Our work here continues on behalf of our members!

    Subcontract Issues: ECABC established a Subcontract Committee in 2010 to identify onerous clauses and help guide our members when entering into subcontracts. The committee consists of experienced electrical contractors, with the direction of our legal counsel helping contractors save time, money and unnecessary legal costs!

    Committee Chair Robert Lashin talks about the Subcontract Program

    Industry Partnerships: ECABC partners with other industry and trade associations to leverage better opportunities for our members. We are members of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA/USA) and Canadian Electrical Contractors Association (CECA). We are affiliated with The Electrical Joint Training Committee (EJTC) and are a founding partner of its subsidiary E2 Inc. Also - Western Jets, Industry Training Authority (ITA), BC Construction Association (BCCA), BC Safety Authority (BCSA), Mechanical Contractors Association of BC (MCABC), BC Construction Safety Alliance, (BCCSA), and British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) to mention a few. ECABC is a strong industry advocate for Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline. Women in Trades: The number of women in the electrical industry is growing each year, but still some barriers need to be broken. ECABC is helping to promote career opportunities and advancement for women and supports training and education for those interested in entering the electrical trade.

    Supporting Communities: ECABC and our three chapters (Vancouver, Central BC and Vancouver Island) support local charities each year with our fund raising events and golf tournaments. Recently, donations have been made to The Greater Vancouver Food Bank, The Multiple Sclerosis Society, KidSport and The Rick Hansen Foundation.

    Hundreds of hours are invested each year on behalf of electrical contractors defending rights and advocating to strengthen and promote our industry. ECABC President Deborah Cahill sits on numerous boards and committees ensuring we have a voice, including:

    Electrical Joint Training Committee
    Western Jets Committee
    Council of Construction Association (COCA)
    BC Construction Safety Alliance (BCCSA) Health & Safety Task Force
    ITA Industry Training Authority (ITA)
    Construction Association Sector Advisory Group (CASAG)
    BC Construction Association (BCCA) LNG Advisory Group
    BCIT – Program Advisory Committee
    Prompt Payment Legislation (PPL) Task Force
    BC Safety Authority (BCSA) Sector Advisory Committee
    Women in Trades/Women’s Enterprise Advisory Panel

  • Education & Training

    ECABC members save up to 27% on training fees and up to 50% on publications. We continue to build our roster of training courses based on feedback from our members. To date, 20 courses have been scheduled for 2016, and more are being added all the time - including our popular Tech Talks and orientation workshops for the ECABC/BCCSA endorsed Health & Safety Program.

    Be sure to check our Events Calendar frequently for the latest training options.

    Education & Training Committee Chair Bill Strain talks about ECABC’s Training Courses

  • Health & Safety Program

    The ECABC Health & Safety Program is endorsed by the BC Construction Safety Alliance (BCCSA) and includes a 3-hour workshop to help ECABC Members design a customized safety program. The program meets WorkSafe BC, OHS regulatory requirements, your company’s and industry requirements and meets COR regulations. At the end of the workshop attendees receive a USB stick with a manual that can be customized specific to your company’s needs. Priced at only $495 and valued at over $7,500, the ECABC Health & Safety Program is a key benefit saving members thousands of dollars!

    Hear more about ECABC’s Health & Safety Program

  • Networking

    ECABC’s 3 Chapters, Vancouver, Central BC and Vancouver Island schedule regular chapter meetings featuring industry guest speakers, social events, special VIP Meet & Greets and golf tournaments. Each function gives ECABC Members and invited guests a forum to discuss industry challenges and opportunities while getting to know their peers. Networking with other industry leaders is a key benefit to your ECABC membership. Members are also invited to sit on committees and help steer the direction of the electrical industry using ECABC’s voice.

    Check our Calendar for the next scheduled event.

  • Publications

    ECABC members receive discounts on industry publications, manuals, and videos. View our Publications Catalogue.

  • Health Care Insurance

    ECABC Members have a group purchasing power advantage with bclear benefits, Including:

    Extended health and dental coverage
    Vision care
    Life insurance
    Accidental death and dismemberment
    Short and long term disability insurance
    Travel insurance
    Critical illness insurance
    Health spending accounts and more

    For over 45 years bclear benefits has helped many construction industry-related associations across Canada.

    Who do they cover?

    Group plans for companies of any size
    Hour Bank for seasonal and contract employees<br> • Atrium plan for 1-2 professionals
    Packages for executives
    Critical Illness Insurance
    Proactive health management for individuals

    Please contact: Member Services memberservices@eca.bc.ca or 604.294.4123

  • Hotel Discounts

    Laurel Point Inn, Victoria
    Laurel Point Inn is located on the harbor in downtown Victoria only steps away from a variety of restaurants, shopping and attractions. Members enjoy discounted rates, room upgrades, free parking and wireless internet access.

    Inn at The Quay New Westminster
    The Inn offers a unique waterfront location centrally located in New Westminster next door to the River Market and close to Sky Train. Members receive discounted room rates year round and preferred rates on meeting rooms and catering.

    Accent Inns BC
    Special rates apply for business or personal accommodations in Vancouver (Airport), Victoria, Burnaby, Kelowna and Kamloops.

  • Mark’s Work Wearhouse Imagewear

    Members receive a 10% discount card on Carhatt Merchandise, Dakota Work Shirts, DH & WR Shirts, Cotton Twill and Dress Pants, Jeans, Rainwear, Work Gloves & Socks. Also included are Safety Accessories, Casual and CSA approved Footwear.

  • Cesium

    Cesium (www.cesiumonline.com) is one of Canada's leading distributors of Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) and other branded wireless-related products. Cesium is an authorized accessory distributor for Sony, LG, iHome, Blackberry, Samsung, Otterbox, Griffin, Ballistic, Plantronics and 50 other manufacturers. It has also been listed on Profit 100, Profit 200 and Profit 500 over the last four years.

  • Beau Promotional Products

    ECABC Members enjoy up to 15% on minimum orders for selected custom logo’d products and clothing including Ash City, Stormtech, Hub Pen and more.

  • Mills Stationery

    As an ECABC Member you can save up to 20% on stationery purchases and earn a 2% credit rebate.

  • Esso and Petro Canada/Gas Discount

    Save 2.4 cents / litre and receive discounts on car washes where applicable, check our listing online for full details.

  • Flight Centre

    ECABC members can save on specially negotiated holiday packages with Flight Centre’s Travel Club as well as all other year round holiday deals.

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