OTTAWA — In response to the federal government’s proposed National Infrastructure Assessment, the Canadian Construction Association (CCA) has submitted recommendations aimed at securing a stable, long-term infrastructure pipeline powered by a well-trained and diverse workforce, the association said recently.
The submission, the result of an industry-wide consultation with the CCA board, partner construction associations, national advisory councils, members and other stakeholder partners, includes:
- Developing a long-term vision guided by an independent, apolitical Canadian Strategic Infrastructure Council;
- shifting the funding allocation model from the intense scrutiny of one-off projects identified by provinces, municipalities or Indigenous communities to a robust, longer-term asset management plan guided by objectives established by the independent council; and
- adopting a collaborative and agile approach to public procurement to accelerate the benefits to be gained from infrastructure investment.
CCA engaged Nanos Research to help conduct focus groups, an online survey, one-on-one interviews, several national workshops and a literature review, states a release, adding the consultation was also informed by independent and evidence-based analysis from the Canadian Centre for Economic Analysis.
“Infrastructure investment can be transformational: a catalyst for nation-building and achieving the aspirations of all Canadians,” said Mary Van Buren, CCA president, in a statement. “These recommendations would accelerate the flow of much needed infrastructure investment to communities, with the federal government focusing on a national vision, guided by evidence-based and independent expert advice.”
For more information visit https://www.cca-acc.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Response-to-Building-the-Canada-We-Want-in-2050-1.pdf.