CCA Annual Conference

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.

2015 Provincial Budget Announced

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.

Alberta Construction Association launches Alberta Election Information Website

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:

http://www.albertaconstruction.net/?page_id=330