Mar 312015

Alberta Chapter of the Canada Green Building Council to host 1-2 hour awareness sessions for stakeholders in the commercial construction sector.  The purpose of the informative session is to discuss the adoption of the National Energy Code for Buildings (NECB) in Alberta.

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 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.

Mar 242015

Thursday will see the Alberta Government release their 2015 budget.  It is expected to be the major announcement before the government declares the need for an election next month.

Highlights to watch for in this budget is the funding for schools expected to be constructed or completed in 2016,  Infrastructure cuts or spending announcements as well as other tax measures which may adjust the bottom line for owners.

You can view the documents and watch the announcement here.

Mar 162015

Electronic claims correspondence will soon be available through myWCB as of April 1. The choice is yours. Anyone in the WCB Claims Admin Manager Role in myWCB can sign up for this new feature.

Three things to know before signing up:

Who has access? The initial subscription is done on an operational level so all users in the WCB Claims Admin Manager Role with the same account and industry are signed up at once with the initial subscription.

Staying online. If you, or anyone else within your company, calls to request the delivery method be changed to fax for a specific letter, that specific correspondence won’t be available electronically through myWCB.

Making the save. Save your correspondence directly to your system—it will be available online for 90 days before it’s automatically deleted from myWCB.

Want more information? 

More detailed information can be found in the fact sheet. Any technical questions can be directed to WCB’s eBusiness Support team at 780-498-7688 or toll-free at 1-866-922-9221.

Mar 162015

BuildForce Canada’s annual Construction and Maintenance Looking Forward forecasts offer a 10-year scenario of workforce supply and demand by trade, province and region.

Detailed provincial PowerPoint presentations, including notes that describe the slides, as well as data on residential and non-residential construction investment activity, and labour supply and demand at the national, provincial and territorial levels are available for a fee on their Construction Forecasts website.

Mar 092015

aceBIM is pleased to announce its acceptance of the invitation from buildingSMART Canada to coordinate development of two chapters in two planned volumes of bSC practice manuals.

buildingSMART Canada, the Canadian chapter of buildingSMART International, has been established to provide the appropriate body and home for Canadian BIM Standards Development through participation in the development of international BIM standards as the voice of the Canadian marketplace and to promote the awareness of buildingSMART International (bSI) within Canada.

Initiated and run by the Institute for BIM in Canada (IBC), both IBC and bSC share the common goal of supporting the implementation of BIM in a way and at a pace that enables industry to successfully achieve improvements in project delivery and lifecycle management of the built environment, including infrastructure. Having a Canadian guide to BIM, i.e. a Practice Manual, for the entire industry as a source of consistent terminology and processes is thus a key element in completing bSC’s mandate.

The Alberta Centre of Excellence for Building Information Modelling (aceBIM) and Institute for BIM in Canada (IBC) / buildingSMART Canada (bSC) share interests in consistent national BIM approach bringing value to all stakeholders.

Jeff Duffield, aceBIM Chairman, noted “This partnership fits aceBIM’s vision to inspire, enable, and support a more productive Alberta industry by connecting Alberta firms to national and international standards and practices”.

aceBIM Vice-Chair and coordinator of the aceBIM contribution, Dan Doherty, adds: “This project provides an opportunity for Alberta practitioners to help shape national practices.”

See proposal details here.

To learn more about membership in aceBIM, contact aceBIM Treasurer Ken Gibson by email or by telephone 780-455-1122.


Mar 092015

The government of Alberta has announced a newly redeveloped Alberta Major Projects tool  This replaces Inventory of Major Projects.

This online tool was recently redesigned to include: optimization for use on mobile devices, a more user-friendly experience, greater search functionality and quicker loading capability.

You can follow them on Twitter @ABMajorProjects to receive the latest project updates.