OTTAWA, March 21, 2013 /CNW/ - Budget 2013 has engaged the interest of
the engineering profession by committing to the future of Canada's
Presented by Minister of Finance Jim Flaherty in the House of Commons on
March 21, the budget not only addresses the Government's commitment to
develop a long-term infrastructure plan, it also proposes measures that
will help the engineering profession, and the country, to manage coming
"The steps the federal government is proposing will ensure that Canada
has the talent it needs to drive our economy," said Kim Allen, FEC,
P.Eng., chief executive officer of Engineers Canada. "There is a need
for outreach programs to promote education in fields where there is
high demand, including engineering and other STEM fields."
Engineers Canada actively participated in the consultations by the
federal government over the past two years on the long-term
infrastructure plan. We've been advocating for sustainable funding for
core public infrastructure and proper long-term asset management.
"The federal government has taken the advice offered by many
stakeholders on the need for a vision for Canada's public
infrastructure," said Allen. "The continued investment in
infrastructure, including the $14 billion new Building Canada Fund,
will help provide safer and more effective infrastructure. It's also
good to see the investment in First Nations infrastructure priorities."
Engineers are integral to strong and resilient public infrastructure.
The federal government's education outreach to attract future
professionals will help Canada reach its goals. Engineers Canada, along
with its constituent associations, is dedicated to continually working
with the government and other stakeholders to protect Canadians and
improve our quality of life.
Engineers Canada is the business name of the Canadian Council of
Professional Engineers and is the national organization of the 12
provincial and territorial associations that regulate the practice of
engineering in Canada and license the country's more than 250,000
members of the engineering profession.
SOURCE: Engineers Canada
For further information:
William Meyer,Manager, Communications
613-232-2474, ext. 249