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CCA Meech Lake meeting looks to move beyond P3s

CCA Meech Lake meeting looks to move beyond P3s
CCA — Canadian Construction Association members met virtually for the 54th annual Meech Lake meeting with senior Government of Canada officials.

OTTAWA — The Canadian Construction Association’s (CCA) 54th annual Meech Lake meeting with senior Government of Canada officials has secured a commitment for an industry-led committee on financial models beyond public-private partnerships (P3) for infrastructure projects.

The association “strongly communicated the need for revamping security clearances and moving this role to a centralized group, like the Treasury Board,” a CCA release said.

The association added Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) committed to accelerating clearances and will consider a working group and government representatives expressed interest in partnering on growing workforce capacity among underrepresented groups.

CCA’s Talent Fits Here campaign could also receive direct funding pending a formal assessment of the program, the release stated.

The summit is an annual tradition where CCA leadership meets with senior deputy ministers and key representatives from PSPC, Infrastructure Canada, Employment and Social Development Canada, the Treasury Board Secretariat, the Department of National Defence, Defence Construction Canada and other relevant departments. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the summit was held this year in virtual form.

Other discussion topics included long-term infrastructure planning and investment, CCA’s desire for swift rollout of existing funding commitments and harmonization with the priorities of provinces and municipalities and derisking projects.

CCA representatives also discussed the commitment to sustainable infrastructure and recent findings from the association’s Strength, resilience, sustainability white paper, along with workforce recruitment and retention strategies.

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