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Aboriginals

Aboriginals In Construction: Resource Site For First Nations In Construction
Aboriginal Construction Careers provides information and resources for career seekers, job seekers, construction employers and career counsellors.

BC Gov: Aboriginal Small Businesses To Benefit From One-Stop Resource
BC Ministry of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction has released the Aboriginal Small Business Resource handout. This one-stop reference handout is tailored specifically to Aboriginal entrepreneurs, and includes information on how to access the range of services and supports available to Aboriginal small-business owners.

BC Housing: Information & Resources on Aboriginal Housing
BC Housing provides information and resources on aboriginal housing.

CMHC: Establishing On-reserve Housing Authorities
CMHC research report describes the issues, challenges and critical success factors associated with systems of governance and management for the delivery of on-reserve housing programs. It also identifies four generic models of organizational structure and relationships that may be helpful in designing housing authorities. (PDF)

CMHC: First Nations Communities Housing Information & Resources
CMHC provides information on housing programs and capacity development initiatives that help First Nation communities reach their housing goals and improve their overall living conditions.

FNNBOA: First Nations National Building Officers Association
First Nations National Building Officer's Association represents people in First Nation communities who provide residential, commercial and institutional construction and renovation technical services. This includes plans review, inspections, recommending repairs, technical advocacy and advisory services assisting on reserve construction.

ICT: First Nation Consultation Guidelines
Indigenous Corporate Training says First Nation Consultation Guidelines provide an overview of First Nation, provincial and federal consultation guidelines.

ITA: New Trades Training For Aboriginal People In BC
BC Industry Training Authority says a new trades training program for aboriginal people in BC will begin in fall 2015. The Enhanced Construction Craft Worker pilot program will be offered in two BC communities: Fort St James and Prince Rupert. (PDF)

ITC: Indigenous Corporate Training BC
BC-based Indigenous Corporate Training and their website Working Effectively with Aboriginal Peoples provide an online resource to help you work effectively with Aboriginal Peoples including: Indian, Inuit, and Métis Peoples.

OFNTSC: Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation
Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation provides advisory and technical support services to all 128 First Nations in Ontario.

US EPA: Tribal Green Building Toolkit
US EPA online Tribal Green Building Toolkit is meant to help revive sustainable building practices for tribal housing. The Toolkit is not a set of prescribed rules for performance, construction, or renovation. Instead, the bulk of it is an assessment designed to help tribal leaders develop priorities for housing and figure out whether new or updated codes are needed in their communities. There are a series of checklists in six categories: land use, materials and resource conservation, health, energy efficiency, water management, and resilience and adaptability. (PDF)
Associations

4Specs: Alphabetical List Of Construction Associations
4Specs provides an alphabetical listing of North American building industry and construction associations and reference organizations.

B4U Build: Listings Of US & Canadian Building Trade Associations
B4U Build supplies a listing of associations by category, with link to their Web site.

CHBA-BC: Canadian Home Builders Association Of BC
Canadian Home Builders Association of BC is the provicial trade association for the home building industry in British Columbia.

CHBA-BC: List Of BC Local Home Builder Associations
Canadian Home Builders Association of BC lists their local association offices with contact names and information, and direct links to their Web sites.

CHBA: Find Local Chapters Of Canadian Home Builder Associations
Canadian Home Builder Association lists their provincial and local associations, with direct links to their Web sites.

Construction Canada: Links To Canadian Building Industry Associations
Construction Canada lists, and provides links to, national & provincial associations, government agencies, institutions, organizations, foundations, and councils & groups.

CSC Vancouver: Listing Of Industry Organizations By Specification Section
Construction Specifications Canada, Vancouver Chapter lists various industry associations and organizations by their specification section.

Directory of Canadian Not for Profit Associations
Association Management Consultants provides listing of not for profit associations, but most do not have active links to their Web site.

GVHBA: Greater Vancouver Home Builders Association
Greater Vancouver Home Builders Association, representing the home building industry in Greater Vancouver, offers industry and consumer information, events, and resources.

ICBA: Independent Contractors & Businesses Association
BC Independent Contractors and Businesses Association represents the BC open shop community. In the face of a persistent building trade union lobby for preferential treatment with respect to public work, ICBA has grown and continues to be the champion of open tendering and fair treatment for all contractors, regardless of their union affiliations. The association also offers a full suite of member services, including affinity programs, health benefits, and much more.

Industry Canada: Directory Of BC Business & Trade Associations
Industry Canada provides information and contact details for business and trade associations in BC.

NAHB: US National Association Of Home Builders
US National Association of Home Builders is the trade association representing the home building industry in the United States.

UDI: List Of BC Developer Members
Urban Development Institute Pacific Region lists their developer members, with links to their Web sites.

ULI BC: Urban Land Institute Of BC
Urban Land Institute provides leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide by bringing leaders together, fostering collaboration, exploring land use and development issues, advancing policies and practices, sharing knowledge, and creating a global network with local impact.

VRCA: Vancouver Regional Construction Association
Vancouver Regional Construction Association represents more than 700 general contractors, specialty trade contractors, manufacturers, suppliers and professionals active in the multi-billion dollar construction industry in the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley. VRCA members are involved in all size operations from multi-national corporations to small owner/operator businesses.
Builders

BC Housing: Search For BC Licensed Residential Builders & Envelope Renovators
BC Housing provides online search for BC licensed builders and building envelope renovators.

Blue Book: Searchable US Contractor Directory
Blue Book is a US construction database of general contractors,architects, engineers, sub-contractors, material and equipment suppliers and manufacturers.

CHBA: Find A Member Search Engine
Canadian Home Builders Association provides online search engine to find a member. Select by category, company name, province, or local home builders association from green panel in right side mid-section.
Clubs & Networks

Vancouver Construction Meetup Group: Meetings To Share Resources
Vancouver Construction Meetup Group holds regular meetings where construction industry people can connect and share experiences, stories and best practices to help each other succeed in today's challenging environment. All industry professionals are welcome from architects and designers, to contractors and developers, to finance and insurers.
Consumer Groups

CPBH: Canadians For Properly Built Homes
Canadians For Properly Built Homes is responsible for increasing consumer awareness of the residential building industry standards & regulations, working with governments to promote greater consumer protection legislation and better standards, and influencing positive changes in residential building codes across Canada.
Government

BC GOV BizPaL: Information On Municipal Licences & Permits
BC BizPaL provides customized on-line information on government licences and permits to business clients. This service asks you to answer a short series of questions about the nature and scope of your current or proposed business. Based on your answers, you will be provided with a customized list of potential permits and licences from all levels of government that you may require to operate your business.

BC Gov: 2015 Provincial Budget Highlights
BC Government provides a reader-friendly, plain-language overview of key points in their 2015 provincial budget released February 17th. (PDF)

BC Gov: Office Of Housing and Construction Standards
BC Government Office Of Housing and Construction Standards is responsible for developing provincial housing policy, strategies and programs and for providing policy advice on specific issues such as the residential construction industry, leaky condos, housing markets, social housing, homelessness, housing for persons with special needs, and the role of local government in housing. It also publishes research and guides on housing issues.

BC Gov: Proposed Local Government Act Revision 2015
The proposed revision to the Local Government Act is now available on the BC Ministry of Community, Sport, and Cultural Developments website.

BC Gov: Report On BC Housing Strategy 2006-2012
BC Government report on British Columbia's Housing Strategy 2006 to 2012 provides updates on their six strategies: housing for the homeless; assistance for the most vulnerable; aboriginal housing needs; low income households access to rental housing; home ownership support; building & regulatory system modernization. (PDF)

BC Gov: RSS Feeds On BC Government News
BC Government site provides a number of RSS Feeds that offer instant access to news and press releases. They are categorized by popular topics, and by each Ministry.

BC Housing: 2014 - 2017 Service Plan
BC Housing outlines their service plan for 2014 - 2017 including key goals of supporting a strong non-profit housing sector, responding to needs along the housing continuum, enhancing aboriginal partnerships and leadership in sustainability & residential construction. (PDF)

BC Housing: BC Licensing & Consumer Services
BC Housing Licensing & Consumer Services is responsible for residential builder licensing, monitoring the provision of mandatory third-party home warranty insurance, administering a no-interest repair loan program & PST Relief Grant for owners of leaky homes, and research & education to benefit the residential construction building industry and consumers.

BC Housing: BC Subsidized Housing Agency
BC Housing is a provincial crown agency that develops, manages and administers a wide range of subsidized housing options, including development, management and administration of subsidized housing, across the province.

Civic Info BC: Find Local Governments & Agencies
Civic Info BC provides a search for BC municipalities, regional districts, First Nations, improvement districts, and related organizations as well as documents people and more.

FCM: Federation Of Canadian Municipalities
Federation of Canadian Municipalities is the national voice of municipal government, and represents interests of municipalities on policy and program matters that fall within federal jurisdiction.

LMLGA: Lower Mainland Local Government Association
Lower Mainland Local Government Association is one of five area associations within UBCM and includes 31 member local governments (from Lillooet to Hope) and 3 regional districts (Squamish Lillooet RD, Metro Vancouver, and Fraser Valley RD).

Metro Vancouver: Greater Vancouver Regional District
Metro Vancouver is a partnership of 21 municipalities, one Electoral Area and one Treaty First Nation that collaboratively plans for and delivers regional-scale services. Its core services are drinking water, wastewater treatment and solid waste management. Metro Vancouver also regulates air quality, plans for urban growth, manages a regional parks system and provides affordable housing. The regional district is governed by a Board of Directors of elected officials from each local authority.

Muniscope: Canadian Municipal Government Information & Network Site
Muniscope tracks down research, legislation, as well as practical solutions to current municipal issues. Its library collection has over 11,000 publications relating to urban, regional and rural settings, plus it offers a networking service linking people across Canada to share their knowledge and expertise.

UBCM: Resource Site For Union Of BC Municipalities
Union of British Columbia Municipalities is an organization that has served and represented the interests of local governments in BC since 1905, including resources and publications relating to the latest issues affecting local government in BC, including policy documents, discussion papers, UBCM services, programs and special events. As well, you will find links to BC's local governments and other related organizations.
Owner Builders

BC Housing: BC Requirements For Owner Builders Of Single Family Homes
BC Housing outlines the regulations, requirements and procedures for owner builders of single family homes in BC.

BC Housing: Owner Builder Exam Requirement
BC Housing provides an overview of their Owner Builder Exam on home-building basics which must be passed as part of your application for an Owner Builder Authorization in B.C. This will help you expand your knowledge, improve the quality of owner-built homes and enhance protection for subsequent homeowners. The Exam tests your knowledge and understanding of home-building basics in two competency areas: construction basics and the statutory obligations and requirements that owner builders must meet under the Homeowner Protection Act.

BC Housing: Owner Builder Study Guide
BC Housing online Owner Builder Study Guide will help you prepare for the Owner Builder Authorization Exam in British Columbia. It describes the competency areas covered and what you need to know to pass the exam. The guide answers commonly asked questions, explains how to schedule an exam, where you can take the exam, what you need to bring to the exam and more. It also provides resource information to help you study for the exam.
Researchers

BC Housing: 2016 Research & Education Projects
BC Housing provides a summary of their various research and education projects for 2016-17. (PDF)

Carnegie Mellon Univ: Center For Building Performance & Diagnostics
Carnegie Mellon University Center for Building Performance & Diagnostics, in the School of Architecture, conducts research, demonstrations, and teaching in relation to the performance of advanced building systems and technologies for commercial buildings.

CCHR: Alaska Researchers On Housing For Cold Climates
Cold Climate Housing Research Center in Alaska offers news, information, training, links, and research on building in cold climates.

CCHT: Canadian Centre for Housing Technology
Canadian Centre for Housing Technology is a Canadian advanced housing research and demonstration facility. The Centre has been created to accelerate the development and application of improved technologies for the Canadian housing industry and to facilitate world-market access to Canadian leading edge housing solutions.

CCI: Canadian Construction Innovations
Canadian Construction Innovations will provide the necessary framework to enhance industry-wide collaboration for innovation in the construction industry with the aim to increase competitiveness, productivity and financial performance.

CIB: International Council for Research & Innovation in Building & Construction
International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction provides global network for exchange and cooperation in research and innovation in building and construction, in support of an improved building process and of improved performance of the built environment.

CMHC: 2011 Current Canadian Housing Research Report
CMHC Current Housing Research report is a directory to ongoing housing research on social, economic and technical issues. It describes research currently underway and provides announcements on newly completed research reports and research highlights. (PDF)

Home Innovation Research Labs: Innovative Housing Technology
US Home Innovation Research Labs (formerly the NAHB Research Center) is a full-service market research, consulting, product testing, and accredited third-party certification agency dedicated solely to issues related to the home building industry.

NHRC: Canadian National Housing Research Committee
Canadian National Housing Research Committee website is a resource for all members of the Canadian housing research community - the people and organizations that use, sponsor or conduct research. It provides an overview of who's involved, where research is being conducted and where research outputs can be found - and includes a specialized search of Theses Canada abstracts to locate student work. Housing Research Central connects you directly to the activities NHRC through discussions, video webcasts and presentations. You can also join the Canadian Housing Research Network and dialogue with the community.

NRC: Summary Of Canadian Construction Housing Research Activities For 2012
Canadian National Research Council provides a summary of NRC Construction housing activities for 2012, in a report prepared for the Canadian Home Builders' Association, February 2013. (PDF)
Trades & Sub Contractors

Fine Homebuilding: Finding Good Subcontractors for Your Construction Business
Fine Homebuilding says finding good subcontractors for your construction business can feel like trying to find a needle in a haystack.

For Residential Pros: Trade Contractor Guidelines
For Residential Pros article describes how effectively managing subcontractors can mean better quality and more profits.

JLC: Hammer Head: The Making of a Carpenter
Journal of Light Construction says in the book, Hammer Head: The Making of a Carpenter, the author brings the reader into the intimate details of her decision to change careers, leaving behind life as a newspaper journalist and embracing a profession in the building trades. Its a book that certainly should be handed to every aspiring carpenter. But veterans wont be disappointed.

NAHB: It Takes 22 Subcontractors To Build Average Home
US NAHB says 70 percent of builders typically use somewhere between 11 and 30 subcontractors to build a single-family home. On average, 22 different subcontractors are used to build a home.

NTCCC: Best Practices For Trade Contractors
National Trade Contractors Association of Canada adopted Best Practices for Trade Contractors Guide to identify potential areas were trade Contractors may want to exercise caution and take appropriate steps to ensure their best interests are maintained. (PDF)

NTCCC: National Trade Contractors Coalition of Canada
National Trade Contractors Coalition of Canada brings together, for the first time, national construction trade organizations. Together, the National Trade Contractors Coalition of Canada encompasses a significant portion of the multi billion dollar construction industry representing thousands of member companies, from every corner of Canada.

NTCCC: Need For Prompt Payment Legislation In Canadian Construction Industry
National Trade Contractors Coalition of Canada report The Need for Prompt Payment Legislation in the Construction Industry describes the need for a Prompt Payment Act in Ontario to establish minimum norms for payment schedules in the construction industry. The report recommends a statutory model for prompt payment that is based on other jurisdictions and on a consensus agreement between the NTCCC and Ontario General Contractors Association. (PDF)
Unions & Labour

BC Bargaining: Database Of Collective Agreement Settlements
BC Bargaining database provides general statistical information and reports on collective agreement settlements in BC including wage settlements, wage summaries, work stoppages, status of negotiations, calendar of expiring agreements, and more.

Holt Labour Library: Directory Of Links To Labour Resources
Holt Labour Library provides directory of links to labour resources, with sections on current news, electronic archives, labour & employment law, labour & unions, labor libraries & archives, occupational health, periodicals, visual arts.

Holt Labour Library: Labour Studies & Radical History
Holt Labour Library is a labour and radical history library that serves the labour, academic, and activist communities. The library is located in San Francisco and is open to the public.
Volunteers

Builders Without Borders: Canada International Volunteer Organization
Builders Without Borders, is a non-profit, non-partisan, registered Canadian charity providing international non government organizations with Project Management expertise to effectively undertake their construction activity abroad.
Women

Canadian Construction Women: Promoting Careers In Construction
Canadian Construction Women site promotes careers in construction to women and includes details on membership, member profiles, programs and links to more resources.

ITA: Best Practices Guides To Employing Women In Trades
BC Industry Training Authority online Best Practices Guide to Employing Women in the Trades will help you to create a work environment to get the most out of all of your employees.

NAHB PWB: Resource Site For Professional Women In Building Industry
NAHB Professional Women In Building Council (PWB) represents women within NAHB. Site has resources on the council, meetings & events, magazine, newsletter, and more.

NAWIC: US National Association Of Women In Construction
US National Association of Women in Construction advances the causes of all women in construction whose careers range from business ownership to the skilled trades.

WCOE: US Women Construction Owners & Executives
Women Construction Owners & Executives, USA promotes opportunities and business for women-owned firms and policy-making executives in the construction industry.
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