OTTAWA, Feb. 13, 2014 /CNW/ - The Association of Consulting Engineering
Companies-Canada (ACEC) and the Canadian Construction Association (CCA)
are pleased with today's announcement made by the Rt. Hon. Stephen
Harper, Prime Minister of Canada and the Hon. Denis Lebel, Minister of
Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs on the policy
framework for the New Building Canada Fund (NBCF).
"Federal infrastructure investment has been the catalyst leading
national infrastructure renewal efforts for the past ten years," said
Michael Atkinson, President of CCA. "We are pleased that the Building
Canada Fund will remain a key driver for this continued effort ensuring
pan-Canadian leadership in the development of the trade-enabling
infrastructure Canada will require to remain globally competitive for
the next fifty years."
"Our members welcome the news that the government will begin accepting
applications as of April 1st," said John Gamble, ACEC President. "The certainty provided by today's
announcement permits provinces, territories and municipalities alike to
initiate the important design and engineering work required for the
ACEC and CCA have advocated for a long-term infrastructure plan for many
years and applaud today's announcement. The NBCF will enable both
governments and private sector partners to properly plan and resource
major infrastructure projects which will provide better value to
taxpayers and reduce overall lifecycle costs.
The NBCF is an important component of the overall New Building Canada
Plan. In total, the government has allocated $70 billion towards
infrastructure renewal over the next ten years.
The consulting engineering and construction sectors look forward to
working with the government and stakeholders in the weeks ahead to
inform development of the NBCF terms and conditions, including an
efficient application process for projects and P3s screen process.
For more information on the details of the announcement visit http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/plan-eng.html
The Association of Consulting Engineering Companies - Canada represents companies in Canada that provide professional engineering
services to both public and private-sector clients. These services
include the planning, design and execution of all types of engineering
projects, as well as providing independent advice and expertise in a
wide range of engineering and engineering-related fields. For more
information about ACEC, please visit www.acec.ca
The Canadian Construction Association is the voice of the national non-residential construction industry. It
represents over 20,000 members in an integrated structure of some 70
local and provincial construction associations. Construction has become
a cornerstone of the Canadian economy. The sector employs more than 1.3
million Canadians or approximately 8.5 per cent of Canada's total
workforce. Annually, construction is responsible for nearly $300
billion in economic activity and more than 7 per cent of Canada's
overall Gross Domestic Product.
SOURCE: Association of Consulting Engineering Companies
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