The Niagara Construction Association (NCA) is a non-profit organization established to represent the interests of the commercial and industrial construction industry. Members are General and Trade Contractors, Manufacturers, Suppliers, Architects, Engineers and other professionals affiliated with the industry.
NCA was first known as the St. Catharines and District Builders Exchange, with a mandate to protect the interests of those in and associated with the local construction industry. Although the Association's field of operation has broadened with the years, its mandate is clearly as strong as ever. The offices relocated in the 1960's to the current location of 34 Scott Street proudly built with the donated products and services of the members. In 1961, to recognize the growing regional focus of the exchange, the name changed to the Niagara Peninsula Builders Exchange. By 1968, when suppliers, architects, engineers, consultants, lawyers and insurance representatives began to join as associate members, the greater diversity of the membership promoted a name change to the Niagara Construction Association (NCA).
As a member of the Niagara Construction Association, members automatically receive membership with Canadian Construction Association, who continually monitors ongoing issues affecting the construction industry. Items of concern to members are addressed in several levels including lobbying Federal and Provincial governments. The major focus of the NCA is keep on top of such issues and at all times represent the interests of their members. Working closely with the Infrastructure Health and Safety Association, WSIB and the Ministry of Labour, the NCA actively promotes industry safety. Numerous Safety Courses, Programs, Seminars and Workshops are held at the NCA training facility, including WHMIS, Fall Protection, First Aid and Propane Training.
With ongoing Educational Seminars and Scholarship Awards, the Association partners with Niagara College in a Construction Engineering Technology program. Resumes and Educational Program information placed on the bulletin board to assist and encourage young adults branching into the construction industry.
Benefits and services are plentiful for members. The plans room is spacious for viewing documents, plans, or simply working in a peaceful setting. The dissemination of bidder's list and addenda is available through faxing or electronic means. The copying facilities on premise are not only convenient but offered to members at preferential rates. The General Manager, Administrative Assistant and the Plans Room Assistant are Commissioners for Taking Affidavits.
Socially, an annual golf tournament and dinner, special interest trips varying from Skiing, Membership Appreciation Day, Christmas Food Drive for Community Care create great networking opportunities and a chance to mingle with friends.
The Niagara Construction Association will continue to address construction issues and concerns of the membership while striving to offer excellence in services and convenience.