April 20, 2021

Construction New Talent Program

The Calgary Construction Association and Alberta Construction Association have partnered with the Government of Alberta to cost-share support of internships of Alberta post secondary students with the construction industry. As this program is being offered province wide, Alberta Construction Association is providing the project management function. This is a 3 year pilot program to support internships across the Province. As per the Fact Sheet, this program provides 50% cost shared support for internships of 3-16 weeks to a maximum of $5,000. The program applies to any discipline and any time throughout the year. As funds are limited, we may not...

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April 20, 2021

CCA Press Release- Budget 2021 affirms the value of infrastructure investment in driving economic recovery

CCA PRESS RELEASE Budget 2021 affirms the value of infrastructure investment in driving economic recovery OTTAWA, April 20, 2021 – Yesterday’s release of the Federal Budget lays some important groundwork for a strong economic recovery and delivers against four of the Canadian Construction Association’s (CCA) pre-budget asks, including increased support for green and trade-enabling infrastructure investment, workforce capacity building, a commitment to beginning a 25-year infrastructure plan and investment to advance innovation in construction. While these new programs are welcome, the budget does not address how to expedite already committed funds, says CCA, the national association representing Canada’s non-residential construction...

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April 20, 2021

Stormtec AB Filtration Project Highlight

Check out what CCA Member Stormtec AB Filtration Inc. has been up to! Below is a project video showcasing the Sanitary Bypass- 15th Ave Relining project. Also take a look at the Stormtec interactive  document that highlights departments and major projects! Stormtec Filtration has been providing Calgary’s construction industry with practical, cost-effective, and environmentally conscious water management solutions for more than 15 years. By choosing to work with Stormtec, you can count on our range of services and products, skilled field technicians, and knowledgeable team to help solve even the most complex water management issues. Stormtec is a COR certified...

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April 15, 2021

Alberta wants to expand use of apprenticeships into a wider variety of jobs

Advanced Education Demetrios Nicolaides introduced new legislation to replace a 30-year bill governing trades. (Legislative Assembly Pool Feed ) Via CBC News ‘Business, marketing, finance, banking’ could tap into this form of mentoring. Alberta wants to use the apprenticeship model for training more occupations than the traditional skilled trades. Bill 67, the Skilled Trades and Apprenticeship Education Act, replaces outdated legislation that made this shift impossible. The government said apprenticeships — a type of on-the-job mentoring — only applied to trades like plumbing and hairstyling under the current Apprenticeship and Industry Training Act, which was implemented in 1991. Advanced Education Minister Demetrios Nicolaides said the use...

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April 14, 2021

Early construction involvement key to success on Graham project

GRAHAM CONSTRUCTION — An aerial photo shows the McLeod Trail Project in Calgary. via Journal of Commerce by ConstructConnect A recent case study by Graham Construction on Calgary’s Macleod Trail and 162nd Ave. SE Interchange Project shows what early construction involvement (ECI) can accomplish. Bryce McKay, Graham’s senior construction manager of civil infrastructure in Calgary, explained that the company was well prepared for ECI after its team had cut its teeth on similar projects like the Calgary West LRT. “We learned a lot on the project,” said McKay. “It was a particularly complex job with a compressed schedule. That experience...

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April 14, 2021

Builders’ Lien Act Amendments Introduced

via Alberta Construction Association In fall 2020, the Government of Alberta passed changes to the Builders’ Lien Act to address payment issues in Alberta’s construction industry and introduce an adjudication process for non-payment that will provide business owners an alternative to court. The goal is to reduce the need for liens and court actions, unlock cash flow, and provide certainty to this multi-billion dollar sector of Alberta’s economy. In spring 2021, additional changes are proposed as part of the Red Tape Reduction Implementation Act to address the proposed adjudication model and application of the Act to public-private partnerships and professional...

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April 6, 2021

Celebrating 70 years of EllisDon!

CCA would like to congraulate long time member EllisDon on it’s 70th anniversary! What an incredible celebration! EllisDon President and CEO Geoffrey Smith shares a few words on how his father, uncle, grandmother, and employees have built EllisDon from the ground up in his latest blog post. You can read his blog here: https://lnkd.in/dtJa7KC  And, if you would like to learn more about EllisDon’s rich history with a few notable firsts for the Canadian and global construction market, click here: https://lnkd.in/duHgJAP

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April 6, 2021

Steel Market Insight March 2021

Steel Market Insight March 2021 As a passionate observer of economics and finance it is a pleasure to contribute to an ongoing quarterly newsletter column regarding historic, current, and future trend perspectives on various material and commodity inflationary and deflationary impacts on the building and infrastructure sectors on behalf of the Calgary Construction Association. In this article, attention is specifically devoted to examining the use of steel in building and infrastructure projects. Starting with some facts drawn from the 2020 World Steel Organization and other sources, one begins to better appreciate the global big-picture and the inflationary risk pressures lying...

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March 31, 2021

Upcoming Changes to the Builders’ Lien Act

  Upcoming Changes to the Builders’ Lien Act The current Builders’ Lien Act (the “Act”) is getting an upgrade this year and there are some key changes that you should be aware of: The lien period is changing from 45 days to 60 days for the construction industry and from 45 days to 90 days for contracts primarily related to the supply of work and services in relation to concrete; Statutory holdback on large multiyear projects will be released on an annual or phased basis which will allow for funds to flow to the contractors and subcontractors and restrict the...

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March 30, 2021

Canadian Construction Association calls for greater investment in sustainable infrastructure to build Canada’s clean economy

OTTAWA, March 25, 2021 – The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) has released a research paper, Strength, resilience, sustainability: Canada’s construction sector recommendations on adapting to climate change. The paper highlights the benefits of sustainable and resilient infrastructure that can withstand the effects of climate change and stresses the imperative of investing in sustainable infrastructure, particularly as COVID-19 economic recovery efforts are underway. Strength, resilience, sustainability explores both the global and Canadian construction industries’ adaptation measures to date, and uses that insight to inform recommendations for how the industry can work alongside the government to accelerate progress in mitigating the impact of climate change on...

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