Driving industry issues that matter

ECABC is the only dedicated advocacy voice for British Columbia’s electrical construction sector. Government relations is a core service and priority for the Association. We work on behalf of our members – contractors and sector suppliers – to support a strong operating business environment and create opportunities for the industry.

ECABC takes a multi-faceted approach, balancing collaboration and leadership, to advocating with all levels of government, public entities such Crown Corporations, and regulators. The Association works alongside other construction sector and business associations on topics which are cross-sectoral in nature – taxation, public infrastructure investment, employer concerns, and more.

There are also issues that are top priorities or unique to the electrical industry where we put focused effort and resources.

Prompt Payment Legislation

BC’s construction contractors are being left on read.

Most of Canada has adopted Prompt Payment legislation for construction projects – BC is an outlier. Prompt payment creates financial security for workers and their families, stability for employers, and a healthy business environment that discourages unfair, harmful practices and predatory payment timelines.

Let’s join the rest of Canada. Prompt payment, now.

There are also issues that are top priorities or unique to the electrical industry where we put focused effort and resources.

Investing in Skills

British Columbia is experiencing a dramatic need for more homes and healthcare infrastructure, while simultaneously managing an unprecedented clean energy transition to reduce the effects of climate change. The work of electrical contractors and line utility contractors – and the skilled tradespeople they employ – is essential to building more housing, new hospitals and care facilities, and new power generation and transmission infrastructure.

  • There are a shortage of electricians and powerline technicians in British Columbia, which jeopardizes our ability to build the essential infrastructure our communities need.
  • BC needs to be able to train more electrical apprentices every year. New funding is needed across public, private and union training facilities to increase capacity.
  • The completion rate for electrical apprentices to obtain journeyperson status, while improving, is not high enough. Targeted investment in supporting apprentices will improve completion rates.
  • Industry, labour and the province should work together to attract more people to the electrical trades through awareness campaigns that highlight the economic benefits of being an electrician/powerline tech to students and parents.

ECABC Proud Partner:

Schneider Electric Canada