OTTAWA – The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) has released a statement urging all levels of government to support Canada’s economic recovery by ensuing there is a free flow of trade and labour between provinces.
The free movement of construction materials, services and personnel within Canada are essential elements of our national economy, the Oct. 9 statement argued, a point highlighted during by disruptions caused by COVID-19 in recent times.
“Some regions have been harder hit economically than others. But the solution is not to reflexively turn inward. Interprovincial trade barriers are inefficient, and do not support fair, transparent and competitive procurement processes,” said CCA president Mary Van Buren in the statement. “When we are facing one of the biggest challenges in our history, it is more important than ever that we stand united and work together.”
The statement said the CCA is asking for a “clear, balanced, fair and flexible national economic stimulus plan that includes significant investment in infrastructure…the Canadian construction industry is ready, willing and able to partner with the Government of Canada and the provinces to help our country rebuild its economy and improve the quality of life of all Canadians.”