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 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 Bill 67, the Skilled Trades and Apprenticeship Education Act, replaces outdated legislation that made this shift impossible.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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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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March 24, 2021

COVID-19 Rapid Testing available

The government of Alberta is offering millions of free rapid testing kits to public, private and not-for-profit employers and service providers province-wide. At least two million rapid tests will be available for businesses and sectors in Alberta. This follows the successful rollout of more than 1.2 million rapid tests to long-term care facilities, schools, outbreak sites, hospitals, homeless shelters and industries across the province. Employers and service providers can apply to receive free rapid test kits for use in their organization’s COVID-19 screening program. Rapid testing screening programs can identify pre-symptomatic and asymptomatic cases – people who don’t know they’re...

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March 24, 2021

Free webinars offered by Employment Standards

Free webinars offered by Employment Standards   Alberta Employment Standards is offering free webinars beginning March 31, 2021. The webinars will provide an overview of the Employment Standards Code and Regulation, and cover changes from Bill 32: the Restoring Balance in Alberta’s Workplaces Act, as well as changes made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Topics will include new rules for break times, deductions from earnings, general holiday pay, temporary layoffs, Ministerial and Director variances and group terminations. The webinars will also cover Alberta’s job-protected leaves.   Webinar Dates & Times: Wednesday, March 31: 10 – 11 AM Overview of employment standards,...

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March 18, 2021

2021 Board of Directors Nominations are Open!

The 2021 CCA Board of Directors Nominations are now open. Below you will find a nomination/election notice and a fillable PDF Application form. In order to be considered by the Nominating Committee as part of a recommended slate of Directors at Large, applications must be submitted to the CCA by midnight on April 16th. Please note a save the date for the 2021 virtual AGM on Thursday May 27th from 2:00 – 3:30 PM. Formal details will be released shortly. 2021 Board Director Application Notice Director at Large Application Form 2021

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March 17, 2021

Work from anywhere: Where does the best work happen?

A lot of studies have been done over the past months on working from home and returning to work.  Take a look at the following reports that Haworth and Steelcase have shared with us.  The reports give stats on work-from-home experiences, safety, people’s needs and well-being. Work from Anywhere- Where Does The Best Work Happen? Work Better- Go Back to a Better Experience    

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