The BC Lions is hosting its second annual “Salute the Trades” game night on Friday, Sept. 7, when the Lions take on the Ottawa Red Blacks.

The first BC Lions “Salute the Trades” game night was held last September, inviting BC’s registered apprentices to purchase generously discounted tickets. The Lions also extended a similar opportunity to all B.C.’s construction workers and tradespeople. Over 20,000 attended the game, with the first 3,000 receiving collectible safety-grade construction hard hats courtesy of Mark’s Commercial.

“We’re very pleased that the BC Lions have again made this meaningful acknowledgement to the hard-working men and women of our industry” says Chris Atchison, BCCA President. “There are a lot of football fans in our workforce of 235,000 and it’s great to give them this chance to experience a game together on a night dedicated to their skills and achievements.”

Construction is booming in BC yet the industry predicts a shortage of more than 14,000 skilled tradespeople over the next eight years.

“We’re proud to show how much the industry matters in the football community” said George Chayka, VP of Business for the Lions. “It’s a moment to consider the hard work and dedication that it takes to build structures such as our home at BC Place, and also the many stadiums and recreational facilities across the province which are so important to BC’s sports fans.”

With more than 23,500 construction companies in B.C. contributing 8.6% of provincial GDP, the industry’s skilled workforce reaches into every community and plays a crucial role in BC’s local economies.

To purchase tickets click here and use discount code: BCCA