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2016 Members Survey

ACA’s Board is seeking your input to help set the association’s direction for the next couple of years (2017-2018). Please take a few minutes to complete the survey. ACA staff have put together this survey based on our core principles and are seeking members input to help shape our future.

You can view the survey here.

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Alberta Government Releases Second Quarter Update

The 2016-17 deficit is forecast to be $10.8 billion, a $78-million decrease since the first quarter, as reported in the Second Quarter Fiscal Update and Economic Statement. The deficit is $449 million higher than estimated at budget, due to the impact of the Wood Buffalo wildfire and other factors.

2016-17 Second quarter forecast ($ millions)

Full-year forecast Budget 2016-17 Q2 forecast Change from Budget
Income taxes $15,730 $15,027 $(703)
Non-renewable resource revenue 1,364 2,124 760
Other revenue 24,341 25,547 1,206
Total revenue 41,435 42,698 1,263
Operating expense (net of in-year savings) 44,094 44,650 556
Disaster/emergency assistance expense 246 1,276 1,030
Other expense 6,757 6,883 126
Total expense 51,097 52,809 1,712
Risk adjustment (700) (700)
Deficit $(10,362) $(10,811) $(449)

6-Month Actuals ($ millions)

April 1 to September 30 Budget Actuals Change from Budget
Revenue $20,506 $22,109 $1,603
Expense 25,939 26,987 1,048
Deficit $(5,433) $(4,878) $555
AGM 2016

ACA Updates Public Policies

ACA has updated its Public Policies.  The Public Policies, available at www.albertaconstruction.net, educate stakeholders of industry views. A number of our policies are new or updated.

The Policies are organized under 5 headings:

1 General Statements

2 Free Trade

3 Infrastructure

4 Industry Practices

5 Human Resources

Under Industry Practices, the Board approved a new policy entitled “Social Procurement / Community Benefits” as follows:

“ACA is opposed to using the procurement of construction services to advance unrelated community benefits and other public policy objectives where they jeopardize the integrity of the competitive bid system”.

Social procurement is being discussed at all levels of Government. Federally, the Canadian Construction Association has testified on Bill C-227, An Act to amend the Department of Public Works and Government Services Act (community benefit), currently being reviewed by the House of Commons Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure, and Communities.

Ontario’s Bill 6 (Infrastructure for Jobs and Prosperity Act, 2015) includes the following planning principle:” Infrastructure planning and investment should promote community benefits, being the supplementary social and economic benefits arising from an infrastructure project that are intended to improve the well-being of a community affected by the project, such as local job creation and training opportunities (including for apprentices, within the meaning of section 9), improvement of public space within the community, and any specific benefits identified by the community.”

Here in Alberta, the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo has approved Adoption of a Social Procurement Framework. The Alberta Government’s current Procurement Policy Review is, among other outcomes, seeking to encourage “fair treatment of Alberta businesses and Alberta workers”.

In representing industry, ACA Vice Chair Chris Ambrozic has cited the ACA Policy and urged the Alberta Government to utilize standardized contracts to promote fairness and provide opportunity for firms with limited means to retain legal counsel to review non-standard, potentially onerous commercial contracts.  He further urged that tender documents and processes be clear with defined measurables to ensure fair, transparent bidding and objective evaluation.   Without clarity and objectivity, tender authorities risk perceptions of unfairness and open themselves to potential litigation.

ACA looks forward to continued discussions with governments to ensure sanctity of the bidding process.

ACA has updated its Public Policies.  The Public Policies, available at www.albertaconstruction.net , educate stakeholders of industry views. A number of our policies are new or updated.

The Policies are organized under 5 headings:

1 General Statements

2 Free Trade

3 Infrastructure

4 Industry Practices

5 Human Resources

Under Industry Practices, the Board approved a new policy entitled “Social Procurement / Community Benefits” as follows:

“ACA is opposed to using the procurement of construction services to advance unrelated community benefits and other public policy objectives where they jeopardize the integrity of the competitive bid system”.

Social procurement is being discussed at all levels of Government. Federally, the Canadian Construction Association has testified on Bill C-227, An Act to amend the Department of Public Works and Government Services Act (community benefit), currently being reviewed by the House of Commons Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure, and Communities.

Ontario’s Bill 6 (Infrastructure for Jobs and Prosperity Act, 2015) includes the following planning principle:” Infrastructure planning and investment should promote community benefits, being the supplementary social and economic benefits arising from an infrastructure project that are intended to improve the well-being of a community affected by the project, such as local job creation and training opportunities (including for apprentices, within the meaning of section 9), improvement of public space within the community, and any specific benefits identified by the community.”

Here in Alberta, the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo has approved Adoption of a Social Procurement Framework. The Alberta Government’s current Procurement Policy Review is, among other outcomes, seeking to encourage “fair treatment of Alberta businesses and Alberta workers”.

In representing industry, ACA Vice Chair Chris Ambrozic has cited the ACA Policy and urged the Alberta Government to utilize standardized contracts to promote fairness and provide opportunity for firms with limited means to retain legal counsel to review non-standard, potentially onerous commercial contracts.  He further urged that tender documents and processes be clear with defined measurables to ensure fair, transparent bidding and objective evaluation.   Without clarity and objectivity, tender authorities risk perceptions of unfairness and open themselves to potential litigation.

ACA looks forward to continued discussions with governments to ensure sanctity of the bidding process.