CCA Weekly - April 24, 2012

Labour

Construction Sector Council Releases Construction Industry Forecast

Construction employment will remain at all-time record high levels in Canada for the next decade or so, according to a new forecast of labour supply and demand published by the Construction Sector Council (CSC). Canada will need an estimated 319,000 new construction workers from 2012 to 2020 to keep pace with increased construction demand and to compensate for the rising number of expected retirements. Read more

Stepping up for Helmets to Hardhats

About $1 million is needed for the startup costs for a Canadian program that helps soldiers transition from active duty into the construction industry. Helmets to Hardhats is expected to run “full blast” by January 2013, though word is already spreading and many soldiers are being placed on an ad-hoc basis, report stakeholders involved in the program. Read more

Ottawa Looks to Unemployed Canadians to Fill Labour Shortages

Ottawa is preparing to tackle one of the country’s most sensitive labour questions: Why won’t healthy, unemployed Canadians get their hands dirty? The Conservative government is preparing legislative and policy changes that, for the first time, will link the federal Employment Insurance program to the Temporary Foreign Worker program. Read more

Economy

Construction is the Growing Spine of Canada’s Industrial Structure

Based on applying factors to the data appearing in Statistics Canada’s “Private and Public Investment in Canada, Intentions” (PPI) report, CanaData has updated its put-in-place investment forecasts. Economist Alex Carrick explores just how important the construction industry is to the Canadian economy. Read more

Ottawa to Slash Environmental Review Role

The federal government is reducing the number of departments and agencies that can do environmental reviews from 40 to just three to speed up approvals for projects that will bolster Canada's economy. Read more

Public-Private Partnerships

PPP Canada Launches Fourth Call for Applications

PPP Canada has launched its fourth call for proposals for the P3 Canada Fund, encouraging provinces, territories, First Nations and municipalities to consider the P3 model in delivering their public infrastructure priorities. The P3 Canada Fund focuses on infrastructure projects that leverage private sector expertise, promote jobs, support economic growth and deliver value for Canadians. Read more (PDF)