The National Trade Contractors Coalition of Canada (NTCCC) has approved amendments to its bylaw in order to expand the focus of its operations and establish provincial and territorial chapters across Canada.
"As a result of our last meeting, we are amending our bylaws to include a provision for provincial or territorial chapters," said Richard McKeagan, spokesperson for the NTCCC.
"It is being drafted now and once it is passed we will move forward to including those chapters. We will formally bring trade contractors together at the provincial level. It will allow provincial chapters to get together and speak with one voice."
Members unanimously approved the bylaw change, at their most recent meeting.
NTCCC will be submitting new bylaw changes to Industry Canada by October 17, 2014 in compliance with the new Canada Corporations Act.
"We are dealing a lot with national issues, but at the provincial level a lot of things affect trade contractors," said McKeagan.
"We are trying to avoid duplication. So, instead of one group going to the provincial government, we will do it together all at once. This is an opportunity for provincial operations to work together on specific issues of importance."
McKeagan said some of the issues that are of interest to members of the NTCCC include Prompt Payment Legislation and reforms in provincial lien legislation.
One of the goals of the new provincial and territorial chapter would be to work towards a Federal Prompt Payment Act, which would affect federal public projects.
In addition, NTCCC members are working on improving the state of plans and specifications, as well as gaining construction industry acceptance of a national change order standard.
"When we were first developed, we had national associations that were working in isolation, but we all had the same concerns," said McKeagan, who is also the president of the Mechanical Contractors Association of Canada
"So, we got together to see what we could work on collectively. We wanted to avoid the duplication of our efforts. Now we have a means to bring one unified voice to the trade contractor sector in Canada."
The NTCCC was established in 2004 to provide a forum for national trade organizations to share information, resources and to collaborate on issues of common interest.