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PG company wins award celebrating ‘culture change’ in BC construction industry

The Builders Code is honouring six employers, including in Westcana Electric in Prince George, with Champion Awards for leading the way in advancing the culture of BC’s construction sector.

Their efforts have contributed to an increase in the participation of women in BC’s construction trades from 4.6 to 6 percent since 2018.

The Builders Code Champion Awards were launched last year to recognize companies that are taking proactive measures to eliminate discrimination, hazing, bullying and harassment on worksites in BC, and to create a safety standard that prioritizes the importance of psychological as well as physical safety for all workers.

Westcana took home the ‘Loyalty champion’ award this year, for their efforts in hiring and retaining employees.

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The category recognizes companies that value their employees, and management works to create a positive work environment.

“Westcana keeps family values top of mind and treats all employees like family. This is a key reason they have won their third Builders Code Champion Award (two last year and one this year). To aid in retention Westcana has lots to offer, from employee benefits (including mental health and bereavement leave) to flexible schedules for employees with children and families. Westcana has proven their commitment to equity with a workforce comprised of 30% women,” says the award.

“Westcana has also shown their commitment to local, inclusive hiring through their work on the committee for PGNAETA (Prince George Nechako Aboriginal and Education Training Associations) Women in Trades Program.”

The full list of 2020 Builders Code Champion Award categories and winners is:

· Recruiting & Hiring Champion: Chinook Scaffold Systems

· Loyalty Champion: Westcana Electric

· Workplace Culture Champion: RAM Consulting Ltd. (medium-sized employer) and Lafarge Canada (large employer)

· Community Champion: Houle Electric

· Contractor of the Year: Mazzei Electric

While a celebration event scheduled for December will not be held due to the COVID-19 pandemic, videos of the award winners are available here.

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