OTTAWA — The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) is launching an industry call to action urging the federal government to partner with the construction industry to create “a strong foundation for a stronger Canada.”
According to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, Canada needs to build 3.5 million additional homes above and beyond what is currently projected to be built by 2030. With the current construction workforce shortage, the industry does not have the workers required to meet projected needs, states a release.
Inflation, rising interest rates, affordability and Canada’s deteriorating foundational infrastructure, are compounding the problem. It’s clear Canada is in dire need of a holistic and long-term strategy to get on track, adds the release. Using the online advocacy platform the Construction Action Network, CCA is urging its 18,000 members and the public to send a letter to their local MPs reminding them of the importance of partnering with the industry to make the following strategic changes:
- Commit to a comprehensive, long-term infrastructure investment strategy that includes a 25-year plan for housing and trade-enabling infrastructure.
- Address the workforce shortage by modernizing the existing immigration policy and points system to better reflect the workforce needs of the Canadian economy.
- Modernize procurement to ensure practices better balance risk-sharing between public contracts and the private sector, reduce red tape, and accelerate approvals for critical projects.
CCA will also be hosting its annual Hill Day event on Nov. 7. Industry representatives will meet with parliamentarians to discuss the construction sector’s essential role in creating and maintaining infrastructure.