Contractors Support Labour Mobility Agreement

    BURNABY, BC, July 21 /CNW/ - Leaders of Canada's largest open shop
construction associations are calling the agreement on labour mobility reached
by Provincial and Territorial First Ministers an historical and vital
development for Canadians.
    The agreement, to be implemented in 2009, will allow many of the over one
million people working in Canada's construction industry to pack up their
tools in one province and use them in another without having to deal with
needless red tape.
    In Edmonton, Merit Contractors Association President Stephen Kushner
stated, "Tradespeople across Canada have faced archaic and inconsistent rules
when seeking work in another province for too long. Overcoming the needlessly
high and thick barriers these rules created has prevented qualified
tradespeople from moving to where their skills are most needed. With ongoing
acute shortages of skilled tradespeople, Canada's construction industry can no
longer afford the luxury of provincial protectionism."
    These sentiments are echoed in Vancouver by Independent Contractors and
Businesses Association President Philip Hochstein. According to Hochstein,
"The agreement reached by First Ministers builds on the momentum started by
the British Columbia and Alberta governments when the Trade Investment and
Labour Mobility Agreement (TILMA) was signed in 2006. While the reforms to
fully implement TILMA continue to be a work in progress, the principles on
which the agreement is based are guiding a process that will result in
significantly less drag on BC and Alberta provincial economies. With all
provinces and territories moving in the same direction with respect to labour
mobility, Canadians across the country will benefit by these efficiencies."

For further information:

For further information: Philip Hochstein, ICBA, Office: (604) 298-7795,
Cell: (604) 561-9402, Email:; Stephen Kushner, Merit
Contractors Association, Office: (780) 455-5999

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