April is Construction Month

April 19, 2018


KELOWNA, BC April 19, 2018 – The Kelowna building community was proud to celebrate BC’s Construction & Skilled Trades Month with a breakfast held at Okanagan College on Thursday. In the newly built Trades Building contractors, apprentices, foundation program students and industry support organizations gathered to recognize the impact the construction industry has on the BC and specifically the Okanagan economy. While also acknowledging how skilled trades and construction is a viable and exciting career path, one filled with plenty of opportunity.

“Today’s speakers all reiterated how valuable a trade certification can be and how there is plenty of opportunity in the construction industry. As a skilled trades person there is opportunity to move from apprentice to journeyman and on to leadership and management positions” said Jason Henderson, SICA CEO.

BC Construction & Skilled Trades Month was declared by the provincial government to recognize that the steadfast work of the construction sector has an impact on every community in BC and that the skilled trades provide rewarding, sustainable career opportunities. The contractors at today’s event truly showcase how rewarding a career in the construction industry can be.

In partnership with the Canadian Home Builders Association – Central Okanagan, Okanagan College and the Southern Interior Construction Association the Construction & Skilled Trades Breakfast included representatives from both organizations in addition to students and faculty totally over 200 people.

Quick Facts:
– The value of current construction projects underway in BC is $75.1 billion
– 23,500 Construction Companies in BC and more than 225,500 people are employed in BC’s Construction Sector
– The average yearly wage of BC’s Construction Employees is $58,500