October 26, 2023

Busy Week for CCA!

Last week was a busy week for CCA! Below are highlights from our experience at the BUILDEX Alberta Tradeshow and Future in Trades and Technologies event this year! It was an absolute honour to be part of such an inspiring event dedicated to the construction and design industry. Here’s a glimpse of what we’ve been up to: BUILDEX Leaders Breakfast with Keynote Clint Malarchuk: We welcomed Clint Malarchuk for a discussion on mental health and awareness. Clint shared with us his own personal journey and struggles with mental health. Clint’s willingness to open up about such a deeply personal topic...

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October 19, 2023

Leaders Breakfast at BUILDEX- Clint Malarchuk

Yesterday, CCA and ICBA Alberta hosted the Leaders Breakfast at BUILDEX. We welcomed Clint Malarchuk as keynote speaker for a discussion on mental health and awareness. Clint shared with us his own personal journey and struggles with mental health. Clint’s willingness to open up about such a deeply personal topic is both commendable and transformative. By sharing his experiences, it has not only demonstrated great courage, but has also provided a source of hope and inspiration to all of us in the audience. Clint’s story serves as a powerful reminder that resilience, determination, and seeking help can lead to personal...

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October 19, 2023

Labour shortages one of many factors limiting residential construction in Calgary: experts

via Calgary Herald by Matt Scace A survey found 55 per cent of residential-sector respondents from Alberta said they expect to build fewer housing units in 2023 than 2022 Home construction is shown at East Hills Crossing in Calgary on Tuesday, October 17, 2023. Jim Wells/Postmedia Labour shortages are one of many factors preventing the province’s residential construction industry from keeping up with skyrocketing housing demand in the short term, experts said at a Tuesday industry event, though innovative solutions are on the horizon. A recent survey asked 502 Canadian construction decision-makers about their confidence in market conditions, finding seven in...

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October 16, 2023

Advocacy Update- Q3, 2023

We’re thrilled to announce the launch of our Q3 2023 Advocacy Report! With the goal of engaging our community to build better, the Calgary Construction Association has been hard at work, striving for positive change in our industry. Here are some key advocacy highlights from this quarter: • Focus on City Hall: We’ve been actively engaged with City Hall, working hand-in-hand with local officials to shape policies that support our vibrant construction community. Your voice matters, and together, we’re making a difference right here in Calgary! • Building a Provincial Voice: Our efforts have extended beyond city limits. We are...

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October 5, 2023

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 5, 2023 Calgary Construction Association Welcomes Final Agreements on New Event Centre in the Rivers’ District

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 5, 2023 Calgary Construction Association Welcomes Final Agreements on New Event Centre in the Rivers’ District Calgary, Alberta – The Calgary Construction Association is thrilled to welcome the announcement that final agreements have been signed for a new event centre in Calgary. This exciting new development will not only enhance the entertainment options in the area but also provide significant economic benefits for the construction industry through jobs and follow-on investment in the Rivers ‘District. The construction industry is poised to play a major role in bringing this new facility to life, and we are...

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October 5, 2023

Calgary Construction Association praises Alberta apprenticeship announcement

via Journal of Commerce by ConstructConnect CALGARY, ALTA. – The Calgary Construction Association (CCA) is welcoming a recent announcement by the Government of Alberta that it will invest $12 million in the creation of 2,000 additional trade apprenticeship spots in addition to an already announced $15 million investment. Throughout the year the association and industry partners have raised the issue of the labour gap, a CCA release said, and estimated there are as many as 4,000 construction industry vacancies in Calgary. “The Calgary Construction Association commends the Alberta government for its recognition of the labour issue and for its commitment...

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October 5, 2023

Varcoe: ‘Let’s get going’ — All eyes on Calgary event centre to keep making progress

via Calgary Herald by Chris Varcoe ‘Everyone is waiting with bated breath whether or not this is a go-ahead, and how soon this will be completed’Joel Cowley, CEO of the Calgary Stampede, left, John Bean, president and CEO of Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation, Premier Danielle Smith and Mayor Jyoti Gondek stand beside each other at a press conference making an announcement about a future event centre in Calgary on April 25. PHOTO BY AZIN GHAFFARI /Postmedia The City of Calgary’s event centre committee is slated to meet Thursday with expectations running high that progress has been made and more announcements are...

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September 28, 2023

Shortage of construction workers in Calgary can increase delays and home prices: experts

via CityNew Everywhere A construction worker works away on a building being built on 8 Street and 17 Ave in Calgary on Thursday, April 6, 2017. (Photo by Chelsey Harms/660 NEWS) Despite millions of government dollars being allocated to address housing, Calgary construction experts say a shortage of workers needed to build these homes could lead to delays and increased costs. The Alberta government has allocated $16 million to update government housing units, then the City of Calgary put aside $25 million for student housing, and on Tuesday, the feds announced $20 billion to construct more rentals across the country. But with...

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September 28, 2023

Worker shortage in Calgary construction industry threatens delays, price increases

via CBC News Thousands of vacant construction jobs in the city, says industry insider. Several factors, including an aging workforce, have contributed to the shortage of construction workers, experts say. (Tom Ross/CBC) While Calgary’s housing crisis could be remedied by building more homes, those in the construction industry are cautioning that there might not be enough hands available to get the job done. An ongoing and severe skilled-labour shortage in the city, combined with increased development pressure to build much-needed homes and apartments, could lead to construction delays and home-price increases, industry experts are warning. There are already thousands of vacant construction jobs in...

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September 28, 2023

Alberta adds $12M to create 2,000 more trade apprenticeship spots

via CTV News Edmonton Rajan Sawhney. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh  Alberta is adding an extra $12.4 million this year to create more apprenticeship seats to meet surging demand. Advanced Education Minister Rajan Sawhney says the money will create almost 2,000 new apprenticeship positions. The funding is on top of the $15 million over three years announced earlier this year that added more than 1,000 extra apprenticeship spaces. Alberta’s total funding for apprenticeship training in this budget year now exceeds $54 million. Sawhney says there are more than 50,000 registered apprentices in Alberta, a 19 per cent jump from the previous...

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