Friday, July 19, 2024

Alberta’s Construction Associations applaud direction laid out in Ministerial Mandate Letters

Premier Danielle Smith’s direction to Ministers is a solid step towards addressing long standing and emerging issues of Alberta’s construction industry.  Ministerial mandate letters across Government address key issues for Alberta’s contractors. Mandate letters can be found here ( Highlights include:

  • Sustained infrastructure investment including trade corridors to support Albertan’s quality of life and economic prosperity
  • Best value procurement and standardized contracts to reduce risk
  • Extending prompt payment provisions to Government of Alberta contracts
  • Promoting trades education, working training, recognition of out of province credentials, fostering opportunities for people from under-represented communities, and expanded Provincial Nominee Program
  • Continued red tape reduction with an emphasis on streamlined permitting and Land Titles processes
  • Complete Occupational Health & Safety Code review and more focus on mental health supports to keep workers safe
  • Review Building Code changes to ensure safety and affordability

Alberta Construction Association and the 8 regional construction associations offer their expertise to partner with the Government of Alberta to rapidly implement these directions. Numerous meetings with Ministers are imminent to advance this work.