September 26, 2023

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – September 26, 2023

View Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – September 26, 2023 Calgary Construction Association Welcomes Investment in Apprenticeships by Government of Alberta Calgary, AB – The Calgary Construction Association (CCA) welcomes the recent announcement by the Government of Alberta to invest $12 million in the creation of 2,000 additional trade apprenticeship spots, on top of the additional $15 million previously announced. The announcement comes at a crucial time, as the labour gap in the construction industry in Calgary continues to widen. Throughout this year, the CCA and industry partners have raised this issue of the labour gap, estimating that there are as...

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September 21, 2023

Calgary Construction at City Council’s marathon meeting on the housing and affordability task force recommendations

Last week, our director of government affairs, Frano Cavar, represented the Calgary Construction Association at City Council’s marathon meeting on the housing and affordability task force recommendations. We believe that the recommendations are an important first step in addressing how we build Calgary forward, and ensure housing affordability – which is rapidly evaporating. We also raised the issue of the labour shortage. As it currently stands, our research indicates that there is as many as 4,000 construction vacancies in Calgary right now. Nationally, that number is as high as 80,000 – and Calgary is competing for talent with every jurisdiction...

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September 21, 2023

What’s next, now that Calgary’s housing strategy has been approved?

via Calgary Herald by Scott Strasser Any components that require land-use changes or bylaw amendments will have to include a public hearing New housing developments under construction at Trinity Hill in Calgary. PHOTO BY AZIN GHAFFARI /Postmedia Calgary’s new housing strategy officially has city council’s backing. But what happens next? Council’s 12-3 vote to approve the new strategy on Saturday was heralded by city officials as “an important turning point” in addressing an ongoing housing crisis that has one in five Calgary households struggling to afford shelter. But while there is now a seven-year road map in place to increase Calgary’s market and...

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September 19, 2023

CCA urges provincial funding for proposed $380M multi-sport fieldhouse

via Journal of Commerce by ConstructConnect COURTESY CITY OF CALGARY — The Calgary Construction Association has sent a letter to Alberta Infrastructure Minister Peter Guthrie, noting a proposed $380-million multi-sport fieldhouse development exemplifies the kind of community-focused initiatives that will define the future of the province. The project will consist of a track and field area, gym, indoor artificial turf field, and spaces for more sports, and seating. Construction will take five years. he Calgary Construction Association (CCA) is strongly supporting a proposed $380-million multi-sport fieldhouse development in Foothills Athletic Park and making a pitch for the province to get...

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September 19, 2023

Feds won’t fund Calgary housing strategy unless city agrees to axe certain zoning rules

via CBC News This photo of downtown Calgary was captured by drone in March 2017. Calgarians are weighing in on a housing strategy this week. (Ed Middleton/CBC) More than a hundred Calgarians are making their opinions on the city’s housing strategy known Thursday, as a proposed plan to create more housing and improve affordability hangs in the balance. And a federal minister says funding for new housing is also dependent on what the council committee decides. The committee is spending two days considering the recommendations made in the city’s proposed housing strategy, and collecting input from more than 100 people who have...

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September 7, 2023

Housing starts decline both in Calgary and Alberta-wide so far in 2023

via Global News by Adam MacVicar WATCH: Housing construction across the province is having trouble meeting demand in Alberta, and statistics show it’s the same situation in Calgary. As Adam Macvicar reports, less new builds is having a direct impact on home prices. Housing starts across the province have declined in the most recent quarter compared to this time last year, and Calgary is no exception, as demand for homes continues to outstrip supply in the city. According to data from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), housing starts between January and July have declined by 18.8 per cent...

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September 6, 2023

Letter of Support- Fieldhouse

Letter of Support- Fieldhouse  

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August 23, 2023

Feds, SAIT push advanced construction technology to tackle housing shortage

via Calgary Herald by Bill Kaufmann Canada is short millions of homes despite the construction industry working at full capacity Home construction and development is underway on the eastern edge of Calgary near 17th Avenue and 84th Street S.E. on Friday, July 21, 2023. Jim Wells/Postmedia file In a bid to reduce a growing housing shortage, Ottawa’s investing $2.5 million in SAIT’s efforts in advancing construction technology. That money will go toward research in robotics, automation and 3D printing of materials and homes in an industry beset by staffing shortages and one falling behind the demand for housing. It’ll also help...

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August 23, 2023

Federal Government Providing over 2.5 Million Dollars to Boost Alberta’s Construction Industry

Federal Government Providing over 2.5 Million Dollars to Boost Alberta’s Construction Industry

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August 11, 2023

Prompt Pay Consultation

Service AB is holding a consultation with industry this September. The purpose is to gain industry feedback on experience under the new Prompt Pay legislation and where is the legislation not working. Examples of experience include: Contraventions of the 31 day invoicing period Contraventions of the 28 / 7 /7 day payment cycle Contraventions with notifications Difficulties with adjudication Difficulties with enforcement Please send examples to ken.gibson@albertaconstruction.net by August 31st. Responses will be anonymized.

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