Yes! B.C.’s Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) projects are open to any company in the industry, whether they are unionized or not. Article 1.100a of the CBA outlines the first objective of the collective agreement: “to allow any contractor in the construction industry to bid on and perform project work.” In fact, most companies working on CBA projects aren’t affiliated with the BC Building Trades Unions.
Companies working on CBA projects are protected from unwanted union certification attempts while on the project and in the future. Article 5 in the CBA prevents union raids.
So, you can bid whether you’re unionized or not, and you don’t have to become unionized if you win the bid.