CCA Survey: The impact of the recently instituted trade tariffs on the construction industry

In order to press the government to mitigate the effects of the recently instituted tariffs, we would appreciate your help in quantifying the impact on our member companies. To realize the impact on construction companies across the nation, CCA has designed a short, seven-question survey. Please provide your feedback before July 31st.



On June 29, 2018, the Government of Canada announced that in a direct, measured and proportional response to the US tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum, reciprocal tariffs will be imposed on imports of steel, aluminum and other products from the United States and will come into effect on July 1, 2018.

Canada’s tariffs had three focus points in mind:

  1. Provide support to Canadian steel and aluminum industries;
  2. Include goods which have Canadian or non-American alternatives available;
  3. Target end-use products to avoid goods in manufactured chains that may hurt Canadians.


  • On June 1, CCA publicly stated that a trade war will have a negative effect on both sides of the border and urged both sides to come to an agreement to re-establish bilateral trade trust.
  • On June 12, CCA wrote to Prime Minister Trudeau asking his government for some concrete measures to provide relief from the effects of the tariffs that could include:
  • Accelerated depreciation of members’ equipment which would allow companies to quickly recover the cost of their investment in equipment.
  • For all federal Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) and infrastructure program contracts, a mechanism protecting contractors against price fluctuations due to steel and aluminum tariffs.
  • A research and development fund allocated to the Canadian construction industry. In the last budget, the government centralized all its innovation programs, but it would be appropriate for the government to reserve a part of this money to the construction industry to improve its productivity and competitiveness.

CCA is proud to be supported by its 20,000 members and will continue to defend the industry’s best interests. In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact our vice-president of public affairs Rodrigue Gilbert at 613-808-7435 or

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