Progressively unionized construction employers praise announcement that
will increase labour mobility and strengthen Canada's skilled labour
CALGARY, Aug. 28, 2014 /CNW/ - The Progressive Contractors Association
of Canada (PCA) welcomed today's announcement by the governments of
British Columbia and New Brunswick that the two provinces have signed a
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on labour mobility.
"PCA congratulates Premiers Christy Clark and David Alward for taking an
important leadership role in promoting labour mobility across Canada,"
said PCA President Paul de Jong.
"This announcement brings good news for workers and job seekers in
British Columbia and New Brunswick by removing significant barriers for
apprentices in Canada's skilled trades. They will have access to job
opportunities across both provinces that will help them develop the
skills training they need to achieve their Red Seal certification and
succeed in the trades."
"PCA believes that increasing labour mobility within Canada is the best
way to address immediate labour shortages across the country while at
the same time tackling unemployment and underemployment in certain
regions of the country. The MOU between British Columbia and New
Brunswick is an important step in addressing regional labour needs and
strengthening Canada's work force through apprenticeship opportunities.
PCA hopes this agreement will contribute to the development of
harmonized apprenticeship regulations among the provincial and
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
For further information:
Paul de Jong, firstname.lastname@example.org, (403) 620-3781