ACA congratulates all 2013 Top Apprentices, recognized April 11th by the Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board.  In particular, we salute the Award Winners sponsored by ACA:

Andrew Berger (machinist) – 2013 Top Construction Apprentice and recipient of the W.G. Alexander Memorial Award (employed by Rodono Industries Ltd)

Robert MacGarva – 2013 Top Carpenter Award (employed by Erickson and Sons)

 

 

ACA appreciates the opportunity to provide construction industry responses to the review of the Employment Standards Code. ACA’s responses can be accessed here.

 
The Construction Engineering Technology program at NAIT requires volunteers to review the course content for its estimating course.
  • The volunteer must be an experienced estimator for a general contracting firm actively preparing bids on projects in our Alberta market.
  • The volunteer estimator will be asked to review course content to determine if the information in the course needs revision/updating to current market standards.
  • Attendance to one or more of the current estimating classes and interaction with the students would be a benefit.
  • The estimator would prepare a list of recommended improvements for the advisory committee to review and submit to NAIT requesting a change to course content materials.
  • The time required to complete this will be determined by the volunteer doing the assessment.

If you are interested in helping please contact ken.gibson@albertaconstruction.net for more information.

 

ACA’s annual Golf Tournament is Thursday, May 29 at the Alberta Springs Golf Course in Red Deer.

Download the registration form here.

We currently have sponsorship vacancies for the 2014 tournament. Sponsorship is only $300 (plus gst).  With sponsorship, you have the opportunity to register a maximum of 4 golfers. (Registrations are $160 plus gst per golfer)  Please email Belinda at info@albertaconstruction.net for further information.

 

The WCB has released a new version of Policy 02-01 Part II – Application 7 on causation that took effect on April 1, 2014.

The policy sets out the causation tests that WCB uses to determine work-relatedness for all claims.  Although the policy is new, the methodology set out in the policy is not, as these are the practices that WCB already uses. The new policy does not change the scope of coverage and does not change how WCB adjudicates claims. The policy does ensure that all internal and external stakeholders have the same information about how WCB determines causation.

See the policy here.

 

ACA’s Retreat brought the construction association team (ACA Board members, key committee chairs, local construction association chief operating officers, Canadian Construction Association staff) together to strengthen our relationship with key government partners, and provide a development opportunity for participants. ACA thanks all of our partners for participating, especially Infrastructure Minister McIver.

The program included a mix of presentations and panel discussions in areas related to ACA’s mandate will be delivered by key partners of ACA. Topics included:

o Economic outlook and labour market outlook (Craig Alexander – TD, Ken Simonson – AGC, BobCollins – BuildForce)

o National Policy Outlook (Bill Ferreira – Canadian Construction Association)

o Infrastructure Capital Plan (Infrastructure Minister Ric McIver)

o Education / Industry Partnerships (David Fraser – Edmonton Public School Board)

o Careers Promotion / Workforce Development (Percy Cummins and Maryann Everett – AB Jobs, Skills, Training, and Labour)

o Collaborative Project Delivery (Scott Matheson – ACA)

o Standard practices update (Eric Lee – Canadian Construction Association)

o OHS / WCB Outlook / Update (Ross Nairne – Occupational Health and Safety, James Wilson, WCB)

Presentations can be accessed here.

 

The Alberta Chapter of the Canada Green Building Council is hosting the 17th annual Green Building Symposium on May 6th in Calgary.

See the program here.

Register now.

 

ACA’s annual Golf Tournament is Thursday, May 29 at the Alberta Springs Golf Course in Red Deer.

We currently have sponsorship vacancies for the 2014 tournament. Sponsorship is only $300 (plus gst).  With sponsorship, you have the opportunity to register a maximum of 4 golfers. (Registrations are $160 plus gst per golfer)  Please email Belinda at info@albertaconstruction.net for further information.

 

On behalf of its membership, the Alberta Construction Association has produced a Plain Language Guide on Bonding. This guide provides information to assist in understanding the different forms of construction bonding.

It covers:

  • Bonding Terminology
  • Contract Bonds
  • Types of Bond Forms
  • Surety Underwriting
  • Bond Costs
  • Indemnity
  • Tender, Execution, and Maintenance phases
  • Other Types of Bonds

All of ACA’s Plain Language Guides can be ordered through your local construction association.

 

The Alberta Construction Association Plain Language Guide to the Builder’s Lien Act is intended to assist participants in the construction industry in understanding and effectively dealing with builder’s lien issues.

It covers:

  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Lawyer Involvement
  • Who is Entitled to File A Builder’s Lien
  • What Lands are Lienable (Mineral Leases, Public Highways, Indian Reserve Lands, Metis Settlements)
  • Landlords and Tenants
  • Participants (General Contractors, Subcontractors, Sub-Subcontractors, Material Suppliers, Service Providers, Workers, Equipment Suppliers)
  • Unpaid Vendor Liens
  • Substantial Performance
  • Procedure for Filing
  • The Lien Fund (Major Lien, Minor Lien)
  • Holdbacks
  • Progressive Release of Holdbacks
  • Payment Following Completion
  • Transfer of Title
  • Trusts
  • Enforcement
  • Removal of Liens
  • Invalid Liens

All of ACA’s Plain Language Guides can be ordered through your local construction association.

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