CCA concerned by delays in infrastructure investment, encouraged by skills training support
The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) is concerned by the implications on infrastructure spending from the federal government’s Budget 2018 announcement on Tuesday, while it supports the government’s recognition that the construction industry, like many other sectors, is facing significant labour challenges.
“Canada’s aging infrastructure combined with the need to keep pace with Canada’s growth require the promised funding and timelines by the government,” said Mary Van Buren, CCA president. “This stimulus funding creates jobs in local communities while improving the overall quality of life of residents.”
The industry has also championed support for increased investment in skills training and better alignment with post secondary institutions. “Construction is increasingly a technology-forward industry. From the use of drones to 3D printers and autonomous vehicles, we need technology-savvy and ready-to-work employees. We are happy that the government is recognizing the major labour shortage that the industry will face over the next few years and supporting training,” continued Mary.
‘’The new apprenticeship programs for underrepresented groups, including women, Indigenous people, people with disabilities and visible minorities, are positive. In addition, as proposed in our pre-budget submission last fall, we would like to see some programs that would supply robust financial support to employers that provide apprenticeship training and for those in the STEM industries,’’ said Chris McNally, CCA chair. “The construction industry is trying to bring new workers to the industry. We look forward to working with the government on initiatives that would move the needle in the right direction.”
Read the press release here.
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