ACA Board Agrees To Push For Prompt Payment Solutions

The ACA board on Friday June 12 agreed on the following recommendations for prompt payment:

  1. ACA initiate collaborative industry dialogue to develop a voluntary industry solution (voluntary code of practice) to demonstrate willingness to lead even before legislation is developed.
  1. ACA advocate a legislative solution to remedy the issue of late payments that are not in compliance with the payment provisions of the construction contract, using CCDC contract language. Further, that ACA seek a solution that:
    a) Accommodates payment provisions in alternate financing contracts and;
    b) Reduces the potential for harming contractor’s reputations in securing repeat business from owners.
  1. ACA undertake the following work plan to successfully reach the end goal of a satisfactory legal solution:

    A. Clarify the arguments that persuaded other governments to act, that is, what is the public interest (including reducing the cost of construction) – some of this work has been done in the Canadian context by Prism Research

    B. Build the coalition:
    – Examine how consensus is being achieved in other provinces
    – Identify all stakeholders and coordinate discussions for collaboration (AUMA, COAA, CHBA-AB, ARHCA, and others)
    – Undertake town halls and bilateral meetings in order for stakeholders to be able to identify concerns and discuss potential solutions (including the voluntary code of practice)

    C. Undertake the research:
    – Examine best practices in similar jurisdictions with legislation and voluntary codes
    – Identify how to address the concerns that have been identified

    D. Develop an evidence-based rationale to seek the support of government and legislators

    E. Identify potential champions (Premier, Ministers, other influencers such as labour)

    F. Work with the champions to advance a proposal for legislation

Alberta Infrastructure Procurement Survey

Alberta Infrastructure is reviewing its procurement policies and procedures, contracting methods, documentation, and systems related to construction to ensure Alberta Infrastructure’s procurement practices are efficient and value based. Alberta Infrastructure is reaching out to the Construction Industry to gather feedback on Infrastructure’s procurement processes.

Survey responses will be kept in strictest of confidence and only aggregated responses will be reported. The survey should take approximately 10 to 15 minutes to complete.

Please complete the survey before 5:00 pm, Tuesday, June 30, 2015.

Questions regarding the survey can be directed to Darlene Germin, Methods Modernization Analyst, Procurement Modernization Team, Alberta Infrastructure, at 780-644-3048 or darlene.germin@gov.ab.ca

You can save the survey at any time and return to complete it. When you click Save, you will be prompted to provide an email address and will be emailed a link to complete the survey.

Please click on the link below to start the survey.

https://extranet.gov.ab.ca/opinio6//s?s=26403

Leading Indicators for Workplace Health and Safety

Alberta Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) has published their latest Leading Indicators user guide as a new resource. Leading indicators are aspects of workplace activities that can be used to improve OHS outcomes prior to an unwanted outcome occurring.

A familiar example of a leading indicator might be the legislated hazard assessment and control process: a preventative approach to reducing the risk of workplace injury and illness. If changed, leading indicators are expected to change related outcomes. That makes them an important tool for managing health and safety at work.

You can download the guide here.