ACA to meet with Employment Standards

Employment Standards has accepted ACA’s request to meet to share information and problem solve how best to manage work schedules and overtime with the changes to the Employment Standards Code.  Members are encouraged to contact ACA ( if they would like to be part of the dialogue.

Employment Standards Changes and Resources


  • New General Holiday Pay calculations and increased eligibility
  • Hours of Work Averaging Agreements to replace Compressed Work Weeks
  • Flexible Averaging Agreements (provides for limited use of time-for-time overtime)
  • New rules for unpaid, job-protected personal leaves, including new leaves and earlier eligibility
  • Overtime banking at 1.5X the number of hours worked
  • New rules for group terminations and service of documents
  • New rules for deductions for ‘faulty work’ and uniforms
  • Application of certain standards to farms and ranches with waged, non-family employees.
  • New penalty system and rules regarding variances
  • New rules for employment of youth under 18 (effective May 1, 2018)


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Buildforce Sees Longterm Recovery for Alberta

BuildForce Canada’s 2018-2027 Construction and Maintenance Looking Forward forecast shows that the the economy in Alberta’s construction industry will start a slow rebound after another down year in 2018. Over the 2018–2027 scenario period, non-residential-sector growth should resume at a modest level in 2019 followed by slightly higher growth-rate levels beginning in 2024 as anticipated renewed oil and gas investment returns.

Construction labour markets continue to adjust to a new normal following consecutive years of record out-migration, but Alberta’s growing youth population adds to housing demand.

Alberta is not expected to return to past peak levels, but preparation for the future remains a priority while transitioning to a smaller construction workforce and the need to replace 40,000 skilled workers over the decade.

BuildForce Canada is a national industry-led organization that represents all sectors of Canada’s construction industry. Its mandate is to provide accurate and timely labour market data and analysis, as well as programs and initiatives to help manage workforce requirements and build the capacity and the capability of Canada’s construction and maintenance workforce. Visit:

You can read the forecast here.

Alan Humphries Retires

ACA would like to congratulate Alan Humphries, Assistant Deputy Minister, who is retiring after a lengthy career with Alberta Infrastructure. He has been a great partner to work with and a key partner for ACA.

He has been with the government in various executive leadership roles including Executive Director of Program Management with Alberta Infrastructure, Assistant Deputy Minister of Policy and Corporate Services for Alberta Infrastructure and Transportation, acting Deputy Minister of Alberta Transportation.

Dr. Humphries is a professional engineer, and holds a Masters degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Alberta and a doctorate in engineering from Cranfield University in the UK.

ACA wishes Alan good health and interesting times in his retirement.