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Quantity surveyors call for upgrades to federal infrastructure spending practices

DCN-JOC News Services
Quantity surveyors call for upgrades to federal infrastructure spending practices

OTTAWA — The Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (CIQS) has issued a statement calling on the federal government to boost its consultation with professionals such as quantity surveyors and construction estimators to ensure future infrastructure spending is contemporary and cost-efficient.

The construction economists said in a statement that deficiencies stem from the government’s limited engagement with professionals skilled in evaluating the effectiveness and sustainability of construction projects.

The gaps call attention to oversights by the federal government, highlighting the need for reforms to address the housing affordability crisis, CIQS said.

CIQS also called out the government’s delayed enactment of the Federal Prompt Payment for Construction Work Act, which was green-lit in 2019. The act, designed to ensure timely payments to contractors and subcontractors, is “crucial in upholding financial stability and fostering mutual trust in the construction ecosystem,” said CIQS.

“While the federal government has pledged over $20 billion towards green infrastructure initiatives, they must also guarantee the cost-effectiveness of these projects and a net-zero focus for future Canadian infrastructure,” stated CIQS CEO Sheila Lennon. “The expertise of construction economists is pivotal in bridging this developmental gap.”

Construction economists can assist the government by integrating enhanced analysis, risk evaluation and cost forecasting into the federal planning and acquisition processes, said the statement.

“Our role is crucial in optimizing developers’ time, funds and resources,” said CIQS vice-chair Tammy Stockle. “Investments should assure costs and deliver maximum value to taxpayers.”

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