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Government of Canada Enabling Accessibility Fund Deadline for Applications

The Government of Canada funding opportunity deadline is approaching. Until July 26, 2016, the Government of Canada’s Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF) businesses can receive up to $50,000 to help improve accessibility in a facility or venue.  Please submit applications by next week.

If you are a business with less than 100 employees or a community-based employer, you may be eligible for funding from the Workplace Accessibility Stream to help remove barriers to accessibility in your workplace through:

  • renovation;
  • construction;
  • retrofit activities; and
  • providing accessible workplace technologies.

Examples of eligible projects include installing automated door openers, constructing a universally designed office, securing voice-activated software or retrofitting washrooms to make them accessible.

All projects funded must aim at creating and/or maintaining employment opportunities for persons with disabilities. The Government of Canada will provide successful applicants with 65 percent of eligible project costs, up to a maximum of $50,000 per funded project.

You can find more information and apply here.

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Update on Alberta Infrastructure Prompt Payment Initiative

Members may recall ACA applauding Alberta Infrastructure’s leadership in promoting prompt payment in Alberta’s construction industry (click here for article in April 20, 2016 issue).

Specifically, Alberta Infrastructure (AI) added payment terms to their contracts that specified a maximum time for payment to the prime, confirmed payment of all undisputed amounts for each progress pay, and obliged the contractual chain to confirm through statutory declaration timely payments.  To promote transparency, AI added a mechanism whereby subs and suppliers could enquire whether payment had flowed to the prime (1 – 844-252-5322 or infras.payments@gov.ab.ca).

Alberta Infrastructure entered into 10 contracts in May 2016, and 11 in June 2016, with the new payment provisions in place.  As of July 13, AI has not received any enquiries from subs or suppliers on these projects, which are obviously in early stages.  AI has committed to providing ACA a quarterly report which we can share with the membership.

ACA once again applauds Alberta Infrastructure’s leadership.  In partnership with local construction associations, ACA will continue to promote the AI approach to other public owners across Alberta.

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Firestop Contractors Symposium Coming to Edmonton This Fall

The Firestop Contractors International Association (FCIA) are hosting a symposium from September 20-22, 2016 in Edmonton at the Delta Edmonton Centre Suite Hotel.

At the FCIA Firestop & Effective Compartmentation ‘DIIM’ Symposium Canada, delegates will attend a varied array of educational sessions focusing on each piece of the ‘DIIM’ puzzle – Design, Installation, Inspection and Maintenance/Management – as well as sessions focused on code and standards updates, the contractor accreditation programs, business development and more.

If you Install, Design, Specify, Inspect, Maintain or Manage buildings with installed Firestop and Effective Compartmentation systems, this event provides the expert education required to stay current with the developing industry trends and best practice.

Click here for the Symposium Brochure

To register click here.