Progressive Contractors Association of Canada ready to work with
Government to maximize value for taxpayers and fairness for all
EDMONTON, March 21, 2013 /CNW/ - The Progressive Contractors Association
of Canada (PCA) was pleased to note that Budget 2013 placed a strong
focus on skilled trades and infrastructure.
"The Government of Canada has clearly put a strong focus on skilled
trades training and development in Budget 2013," said PCA Executive
Director Paul de Jong. "We welcome the Government's particular focus on
bringing under-represented groups into the trades, including young
people, aboriginal Canadians and newcomers. These measures are further
strengthened by the government's pledge to work with the provinces and
territories to harmonize apprenticeship regulations."
The success of the Government's new initiatives will depend largely on
openness and accessibility for all industry participants. The PCA
looks forward to working with the Government to ensure that the new
programs announced today will achieve the desired maximum benefit for
In addition to placing a considerable emphasis on addressing shortages
in the skilled trades workforce, Budget 2013 contains a new 10-year
funding commitment to federal, provincial and municipal infrastructure
beginning in 2014.
"Budget 2013 shows the government is committed to ongoing infrastructure
investment," said Sean Reid, PCA Director, Federal and Ontario. "PCA
will remain a strong voice at the table to ensure that this
infrastructure investment returns maximum value to taxpayers and that
all qualified businesses and workers are permitted to compete for
In Ontario, Manitoba and various other jurisdictions across Canada,
federally-funded provincial and municipal construction projects
experience cost inflation as high as 40% because of restrictive
tendering practices. Construction labour monopolies systematically
exclude otherwise qualified trades people and businesses from the
opportunity to work, simply because of their particular labour union
affiliation or lack thereof.
"Canadian workers and companies deserve equal access to publicly funded
construction projects and Canadian taxpayers deserve to get the best
value for money," said Sean Reid.
"PCA looks forward to our continued positive working relationship with
the government to create a more responsive, open and competitive skills
training system for Canadian workers," concluded Paul de Jong.
The 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
the Christian Labour Association of Canada (CLAC). Their member
companies are responsible for 40% of energy and natural resource
construction projects in British Columbia and in Alberta and are
leaders in infrastructure construction across Canada.
SOURCE: Progressive Contractors Association of Canada
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