Apr 212015

Do you have a high school student in Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) who you feel deserves to be recognised for their achievements?

The Award of Excellence in Skilled Trades was established to recognize promising high school RAP students who are pursuing and contributing to the dynamic fields within the skilled trades and the outstanding mentors who support them.

CAREERS: The Next Generation and its industry partners create opportunities for motivated high school students to exercise their interest in the trades as a career path through the RAP.

You can find more about the skilled trade award here.

Apr 212015

Alberta Workforce Essential Skills Society (AWES) has been granted funding through Alberta Jobs Skills Training and Labour to research and develop resources for non-native speakers of English. These resources will support non-native speakers to assume and function in a variety of project management roles in the construction, manufacturing and service sectors.

This initiative is a response to the growing need for immigrants in skilled trades and related professional occupations to work on or lead project teams. The training and resources will be available through AWES at a date still to be determined. They are currently looking for a partnership with a firm in Edmonton to assist them in their efforts.

For more information click here

Apr 132015

The 2015 Modular and Offsite Construction (MOC) Summit and 1st International Conference on the Industrialization of Construction (ICIC) will take place May 19-21 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

To enjoy the discounted registration rate for the MOC Summit & 1st ICIC you must register by APRIL 30.

Visit the MOC Summit website (www.mocsummit.com) for more information or to register for the conference, the pre-conference factory tours, or for the Charity Golf Invitational.

Apr 072015

ACA’s annual Golf Tournament is Thursday, May 28 at the Alberta Springs Golf Course in Red Deer. (Registrations are $160 plus gst per golfer)  Download the registration form here.

We currently have sponsorship vacancies for the 2015 tournament. Sponsorship is only $300 (plus gst).  Please email Belinda at info@albertaconstruction.net for further information.

Please note that both sponsorship and registration are open to members only. For 2015 architects and engineers are included in member pricing.

Apr 072015

The Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT Polytechnic) has asked for permission from the ACA to reproduce and distribute the Alberta Construction Trade Definitions 2015 document, found here.

Several dozen classroom copies will be printed to support SAIT students Construction Apprenticeship programs training. The purpose is to help instructors to better illustrate content and concepts, resulting in better prepared students to transition from school to the workplace.

The ACA is pleased to see SAIT adopting Trade Definitions in their course material and will continue to advocate for their use among all of our education partners and owners.

Mar 312015

Alberta Chapter of the Canada Green Building Council to host 1-2 hour awareness sessions for stakeholders in the commercial construction sector.   These information sessions will discuss the adoption of the National Energy Code for Buildings (NECB) in Alberta. The ACA is working with the Green Building Council to offer these workshops.

Speaking at the session will be Cam Munro, Innovative Construction Manager with Clark Builders and Justin Pockar, Energy & Environment Coordinator with the City of Calgary.

There will be three sessions held:

April 16 – Edmonton
April 24 – Calgary
April 29 – Online Webinar

To sign up for a session and for further information please click here.

Mar 302015

The ACA was well represented at the annual conference for the Canadian Construction Association in San Antonio last week. The conference gathered associations and members of the construction industry from across the country.

Anibal Valente, Vice President for PCL, was appointed as chair for the CCA for this year.

For more on the conference click here.

Mar 302015

On March 26 the provincial government announced their new budget.  It featured cuts to some areas, fees, and tax increases for individuals but held the line on corporate taxes. Funding for infrastructure projects has been reduced from the 2014 budget but the government did announce a five year funding plan.

The 2015 budget cut $200 million for the fiscal year 2015-2016 from the previous capital budget estimate.  The overall decline in capital spending is a cut in real terms which the ACA is concerned about.  Further, as more money is allocated to maintenance, then less money is available to support new infrastructure to meet population growth.

One piece of good news for our future workforce is that there are new and improved funding options for apprentices coming.

In comments from Minister Bhullar in a meeting with the ACA and other associations he committed to the current plan on schools, including the Province’s timeline in place for either opening new schools or upgrading others.

You can view the documents and watch the announcement here.

Mar 242015

electionbanner2The ACA this week is launching an Alberta election information website.  Our goal is to engage candidates on the issues important to our industry in the midst of a tighter budgetary landscape.

However, to achieve our goal we need your help. Members can report back on their impressions of the various candidates via a feedback form.

We would encourage  owners of construction firms and workers to use the hashtag #ConstructionVotes to create media interest in our issues during the campaign.

Members can contact jonathan.williams@albertaconstruction.net for the following:

1.  A guide to sample questions to ask candidates

2.  Form letter to request a meeting with a candidate.

You can visit website here:



Mar 242015

Last week the provincial government introduced bill 21.  If passed the amendment will change the code in the following areas:

  • will ensure that Alberta is able to adopt the most up-to-date building and safety codes available in a timely manner;
  • improves accountability mechanisms with third-party safety inspectors by moving to an improved fee-for-service model;
  • improves compliance by establishing administrative penalties; and
  • assists municipalities with planning initiatives by allowing them to establish bylaws for private sewage disposal systems.

The ACA lobbied successfully for modifications to the first point regarding up to date code adoption. You can read the government release here.