EDMONTON, Feb. 18, 2014 /CNW/ - Today, the Progressive Contractors
Association of Canada (PCA) applauded the BC Government for its
continued focus on LNG development and for investing in skills
training. PCA believes that these initiatives will boost the economy,
create jobs and train workers to fill those jobs.
"This budget delivers good news for BC workers and job seekers," said
PCA President Paul de Jong. "The government is maintaining its targeted
focus on the LNG industry as part of an economically strong British
Columbia. The measures announced today on skills training also ensure
that BC will continue to build the skilled workforce that industry
Today's budget contained several measures directly relevant to PCA
member companies and their workers, including:
An LNG Taxation Framework, an important step in the development of this
Investments in developing the LNG industry including support for
Increased funding for skills training
The construction companies that make up PCA have been involved in some
of BC's most important construction projects and are poised to play a
key role in building LNG export facilities.
"Our member companies and their workers are ready to help build the
infrastructure needed to export British Columbia's abundant natural gas
resources," said Mr. de Jong. "Each step that the government takes to
provide the certainty needed for projects to proceed is another step
towards a major boost to the economy and employment."
PCA has repeatedly raised the alarm over the growing skills shortage and
its impact on the economy and so was pleased with today's announcement
of increased funding to train skilled workers.
"Construction employers across Canada are facing an increasing shortage
of skilled workers, so this budget's boost in training is essential to
creating the workforce needed to seize economic opportunities like
LNG," said Mr. de Jong. "We are pleased that the BC government has
taken these positive steps."
About the Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA)
PCA is the voice of progressive unionized employers in Canada's
construction industry. PCA member companies employ more than 25,000
skilled construction workers across Canada, represented primarily by
CLAC. Our member companies are responsible for 40 percent of energy and
natural resource construction projects in British Columbia and Alberta
and are leaders in infrastructure construction across Canada.
PCA's goal is to ensure that Canada has a fair and open construction
industry, cooperative labour relations, and a robust, inclusive and
highly-capable workforce. PCA believes in open competition in which no
sector is given artificial and unfair advantage over another on the
basis of union affiliation or lack thereof.
SOURCE: Progressive Contractors Association of Canada
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