The Québec Road Builders and Heavy Construction Association (QRBHCA) represents contractors and suppliers in the road construction, civil engineering and major works sectors in Québec, Canada and abroad.
The construction industry’s civil engineering and roads sector is a key element of Québec’s economy. The QRBHCA represents employers involved in the construction of roads, bridges, sewers and water supply systems, wind energy facilities, hydro-electricity dams, energy transmission lines and pipelines.
It is the acknowledged representative of the construction industry’s civil engineering and road works sector. In 1995, it was asked by the Québec government to negotiate, apply and monitor the civil engineering and road works sector collective agreement in Québec.
The QRBHCA’s role is to represent and promote the general interests of the civil engineering and road works industry in general, and the interests of its members in particular, in dealings with order-givers and the general public.
As a service agency, the QRBHCA also has the mission of ensuring that its members continue to work in an informed, competent and reliable way for their order-givers.
The Quebec Road Builders Association was originally created by a small group of road work contractors.
The Association immediately focused its efforts on obtaining changes to the provincial Roads Department contract specifications, and also worked on numerous other issues including:
The Quebec Road Builders Association quickly became the interlocutor of choice in dealings with order-givers in the public works sector.
As Québec society boomed, the Association’s membership increased tenfold, from 50 to 500. Its members were present on every major building site in Québec.
The Quebec Road Builders Association changed its name, becoming the Quebec Road Builders and Heavy Construction Association (QRBHCA), to reflect the increasingly diverse range of civil engineering works.
The QRBHCA had been granted status as an employers’ representative in 1968, but lost this privilege in 1975 in the wake of the Cliche Commission. As a result, the industry witnessed the birth of the Association des entrepreneurs en construction du Québec (AECQ).
In 1996, the Act respecting labour relations, vocational training and workforce management in the construction industry (R-20) entrusted the QRBHCA with the task of negotiating, applying and monitoring the civil engineering and road works sector collective agreement in Québec.
This was an extremely important change within the industry – one that gave the QRBHCA a leading role and considerable responsibility.