OTTAWA — Following the release of the federal budget, the Canadian Construction Association (CCA) held its annual Meech Lake meeting with senior government leaders to discuss key issues affecting the construction sector.
CCA called attention to the lack of progress on the National Infrastructure Assessment, critical gaps in infrastructure investment, policies to address the construction workforce shortage, and the need to modernize procurement, states a CCA blog.
In attendance were senior decision-makers from Public Services and Procurement Canada, Infrastructure Canada, the Treasury Board Secretariat, Employment and Social Development Canada, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, the Department of National Defence and Defence Construction Canada.
“CCA was pleased that senior leadership at the meeting were receptive to the industry’s thoughts on the use of new delivery models and the challenges in bringing people to Canada and matching their skills to the jobs the industry needs,” states the association.
The meeting also provided an open dialogue on how the industry and government can partner on climate action, including the need to update current procurement practices to those that support fair competition in order to encourage innovation and the adoption of greener materials and practices, states the release.
The CCA emphasized the importance of the industry’s role in the greening of the economy through the implementation of sustainable practices in construction.