August 4, 2021

How to use lean manufacturing to make your business more productive

via BDC Follow these three steps to drive long-term success by eliminating waste in your business It’s a common problem; your business is bringing in plenty of cash and revenues are growing, but you are struggling to make a decent profit. Why? And what steps can you take to turn things around? One probable answer is to tackle the “waste” and inefficiency that is lurking in your business and acting as a brake on your ability to generate profits. A leaner operation can lower costs, increase output, help eliminate quality problems, reduce space requirements and cut time to market. It can also...

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July 23, 2021

Springbank reservoir project secures up to $168.5M in federal funding

Via CBC News Required land acquisition still outstanding for Calgary flood-mitigation project. The Springbank off-stream reservoir to protect Calgary from flooding is set to go ahead and will receive up to $168.5 million in federal funding. Federal Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson made the announcement in Calgary on Tuesday, and after he approved the project earlier this month in light of a report issued by the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada. It concluded the Elbow River reservoir is unlikely to cause significant adverse environmental effects with mitigation measures in place. Wilkinson said Tuesday the funds from the Government of Canada will...

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July 20, 2021

Legacy Fund Started for the Children of the Victims of the Kelowna Crane Incident on July 12, 2021

Donations to this fund can be made on SICA’s website, https://sicabc.ca/donate/, all donors will receive a tax receipt. Alternatively, there are instructions on the website for donations made by cheque.  Kelowna, BC – July 16, 2021  Through the Southern Interior Construction Association (SICA) Fund and in partnership with the Construction Foundation of BC, SICA is organizing the Kelowna Crane Incident Legacy Education Fund. This fund is a tribute to the individuals who tragically lost their lives from the Brooklyn Site Incident on July 12th, 2021. The funds raised through this will go towards supporting future post-secondary education for the children of the victims...

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July 20, 2021

Calgary to Banff passenger rail project on track to start early development

via On-Site The proposed rail line would have seven stops, including one at the Calgary airport. PHOTO: Adobe Stock/DGC The developers behind a passenger rail line between Calgary and Banff still have a lot of figurative track to lay before they will be able to start on installing the literal rails, but a detailed agreement between several provincial and and federal agencies has put the proposed project one step closer to construction. Invest Alberta Corp., the Alberta Ministry of Transportation and the Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB) announced a detailed memorandum of understanding (MoU) July 15 that steers the Calgary-Banff Rail...

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July 7, 2021

Calgary Green Line LRT awaits federal approval

via Government of Alberta News Room Following a thorough provincial review, Alberta’s government has approved the revised business case for the Calgary Green Line LRT. The business case for the Green Line project was submitted on June 24 and is currently awaiting federal Treasury Board approval. “Alberta’s $1.53-billion commitment toward the Green Line is a massive investment in the future of Calgary, one we are happy to make because we believe our best days are ahead of us. I’m grateful for the hard work done by the technical experts at the province and the city to make the Green Line...

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June 22, 2021

Alberta Government Human rights, vaccines, and medical testing

via Alberta Construction Association Taken from https://www.albertahumanrights.ab.ca/covid/Pages/vaccines.aspx Duty to accommodate If employers, service providers, and landlords are considering requiring vaccinations, they also need to consider that some people are not able to be vaccinated because of a disability, such as allergic reactions to vaccinations or immunosuppression. They will have a duty to accommodate those people to the point of undue hardship. They will also need to balance their accommodation obligations with other legal obligations. For example, will accommodating one employee place others at a real risk, especially those vulnerable to COVID-19 (such as seniors or individuals with certain disabilities). Some people may...

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June 22, 2021

CCA releases guide for members on preparing their companies for climate risks and opportunities

via Canadian Construction Association CCA has developed a companion piece to its research paper on the benefits of investing in sustainable and resilient infrastructure to help members better equip themselves to manage environmental impacts and be part of the climate change solution. The 13-page document, Strength, resilience, sustainability: A guide to implementing climate resilience in construction risk management, serves as a best practices guide for project owners, designers and contractors in developing their understanding of climate risks and incorporating that information in the way projects are conceived, proposed, designed and built. CCA recognizes that every member company is operating within a...

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June 16, 2021

Cost and Supply Chain Issues in Construction

It is no secret that construction material costs and lead time/supply issues are becoming a challenge for the industry. This will likely be the case over the course of this year and into 2022 and it is a complex situation impacted by numerous events and dynamics with COVID only being one part of it. This document is intended to gather information in order to assist the industry in understanding, responding to and communicating facts and statistics behind the volatility that we are seeing across a broad spectrum of products. We will continue to update this document as more information becomes...

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June 2, 2021

Share your views to shape Canada’s long-term infrastructure strategy

Dear colleagues and members, The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) has retained Nanos Research to gather views from important stakeholders in the construction industry. The CCA is seeking input to support a vision for Canada’s infrastructure investments. This includes answering the three questions outlined in the Federal Governments’ request for consultation on its Infrastructure 2050 initiative: How to assess infrastructure needs and establish a long-term vision; How to improve coordination among infrastructure owners and funders; and How to determine the best ways to fund and finance infrastructure. You are invited to complete an 8 to 12 minute online survey to share...

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May 28, 2021

2021 CCA Board of Directors

CCA would like to welcome the 2021 Board of Directors! The results of the May 27th 6 Directors at Large vote are: Two new individuals joining CCA for the first time Brian Bailey, CANA Construction Ltd. Allie Grande, Group2 Architecture Four returning Directors at Large Shane Beazley– EllisDon Lisa Gibson– Ledcor Richard Heine– Centron Toby Hendrie- PCL PLUS Carly Guilcher – Clark Builders Kris Lasek – Lafarge John Manes – Spalding Hardware Kyle Morgan – Westcor Todd Poulsen – Elan Derek Thiessen – Oxford Properties SECTION DIRECTORS New Section Directors DOUG NEGARD, Black & MacDonald. Sheet Metal Contractors Association CARL...

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