Canadian Construction Association Supports Measures to Eliminate both the Federal and Infrastructure Deficits

CCA also encouraged by measures to introduce regulatory reform that can increase industry competitiveness

OTTAWA, Thursday March 29, 2012- The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) was pleased to see the federal government announced a number of measures that will address several longstanding issues of concern to the Canadian construction industry, while affirming its long-term commitment to the renewal of Canada’s aging infrastructure. These measures will ensure Canada remains set on a path to future prosperity.

“The reforms promised by the budget to the environmental assessment process and immigration will ensure the country is well placed to take advantage of the more than $500 billion in major economic projects expected in Canada over the next ten years,” said Michael Atkinson, president of the CCA.

Budget 2012 commits to bringing forward legislation to achieve the goal of One-Project, One-Review, in a clearly defined time period. This will be critical to ensure that the country continues to benefit from strong global demand for Canadian natural resources. 

CCA was also encouraged by the measures outlined to build a fast and flexible immigration system, with the primary focus to meet Canada’s labour market needs. In order to continue to build the economy and remain cost competitive, businesses across Canada must have access to the required skilled workers in order to grow and take advantage of the tremendous international demand for Canadian products and services.

In addition to these measures, CCA was also pleased to see the government commit $150 million toward the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund, reaffirm its commitment to red-tape reduction, and to cap future increases to EI premiums at 5 cents per $100 of insurable earning until such time as the EI fund is balanced.

About the Canadian Construction Association

Canada’s construction industry employs close to 1.3 million men and women, and accounts for approximately 6 per cent of Canada’s annual gross domestic product. It buys goods and services in every region of the country and in every sector of the economy.

The Canadian Construction Association is the voice of the national non-residential construction industry. It represents over 17,000 members in an integrated structure of some 70 local and provincial construction associations.

For more information:

Michael Atkinson
President
Canadian Construction Association
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613-236-9455 ext. 414