OTTAWA — The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) outlined six recommendations and key priorities in its annual pre-budget consultation paper to the federal government’s department of finance and ministers.
Recommendations include that the government roll out an infrastructure economic stimulus program that is co-ordinated, balanced, clear and flexible; the government urgently work with all provinces and municipalities to remove the barriers and red tape to get funds from the Investing in Canada Plan flowing immediately; and the government commit to a 25-year plan for sustainable infrastructure investment in Canada, including maintenance and training.
It also recommends the government work with industry on creating and retaining an inclusive workforce and partner with CCA on the Talent Fits Here campaign designed to attract new talent to construction. Furthermore, the CCA suggests the government strengthen investor confidence and provide the necessary framework and investment to augment innovation in the construction industry.
“The industry is ready and able to hire back displaced workers, retrofit aging infrastructure, position Canada for global trade and address climate change,” states the submission. “However, the industry absorbed significant costs with the understanding that reimbursement would follow. We thank the federal government for their leadership in this area, however, only a fraction of those costs have been recaptured to date. This reimbursement is essential to our member’s liquidity, many of whom are in the trades and are small or medium-size, family-run companies.”
Once the budget is tabled in the House of Commons, CCA will be releasing an analysis of the budget and any relevant funding or legislation that impacts the construction industry.