The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) supports keeping federal construction sites open involving defence, security, infrastructure and the administration of justice and government as long as the sites are compliant with COVID-19 health and safety protocols.
“This is reaffirming our commitment to keeping projects open where the workforce, the public, families and communities are going to be our first priority in terms of safety,” said CCA president Mary Van Buren.
“Our message has consistently been that as long as sites are compliant with measures and guidelines of public health authorities and if they cannot then they need to shut down and this is true of the federal government projects as well. There are many critical federal infrastructure projects that are ongoing and very important to both the economy today but also in the future. Defence, security, critical infrastructure, justice and government, these are projects that need to keep moving.”
The National Trade Contractors Coalition of Canada (NTCCC) said it is supportive of the CCA-led initiative.
“Federally, if a worksite is safe and there are the proper procedures in place then we do support federal projects staying open,” said Sandra Skivsky, NTCCC chair. “A lot of the projects are critical projects to do with infrastructure and moving goods and I think that’s important.
“Does every site have to stay open? Probably not and given the reduction in the workforce right now it’s probably not feasible and that’s going to change as we progress.”