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Alberta’s construction industry has launched a consultative process to develop a strategy to help upskill the construction workforce. Alberta Construction Association recently commissioned a review of the impacts of changing technology on future skills for the construction workforce.

The project is being led by Alberta construction employer and labour organizations.

Industry appreciates the financial support for this project from the Canada-Alberta Labour Market Development Agreement. The Province of Alberta is working in partnership with the Government of Canada to provide employment support programs and services.

The strategy, expected by the end of 2019, will provide industry leaders next steps in the skills agenda for Alberta’s construction industry.

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With the Alberta Election behind us the ACA has begun efforts to reach out the new Premier and cabinet. As the government prepares for its first session the ACA is reaching out to each minister so that we can present our policy points and continue to build on our past collaborations.

We look forward to building a relationship with the Premier and Ministers in the next few weeks. As we represent our members and their concerns to government on our priorities.

You can read the letters here:
Premier Kenney
Advanced Education Minister
Economic Development Minister
Education Minister
Energy Minister
Finance Minister
Infrastructure Minister
Labour Minister
Service Alberta Minister
Transportation Minister
Associate Minister of Red Tape Reduction

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Alberta Construction Association has released its 2019 Budget recommendations for the new government. Our focus once more is on capital investment.

Whether for new schools with increased student enrollments, transit projects to reduce congestion and move goods to market, and hospitals to meet our health care needs, the Provincial Government must continue to invest in infrastructure regardless of economic circumstances. Our recommendation is that the level of investment needs to keep pace with population growth and inflation.

You can read our full letter here.

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Alberta Construction Association congratulates Premier Elect Jason Kenney and the United Conservative Party on receiving their mandate from Albertans to form the next Provincial Government. 

ACA also thanks Premier Rachel Notley and her Government for their service.  ACA will continue to advocate in a non-partisan manner, member priorities to support construction jobs.  In particular:

  • ACA appreciates the new Government’s commitment to maintaining the previous Government’s capital budget,
  • ACA looks forward to dialogue to ensure regulations better fit the unique nature of construction, and will actively participate in any review of pertinent regulations,
  • ACA is encouraged by promises to support business growth through streamlined project approval processes and through reducing business taxation,
  • Finally ACA applauds the new Government’s platform ideas to improve education and mobility of skilled trades

Finally we would like to thank all the outgoing MLA’s for their service and we look forward to working with all MLAs in the Legislature.

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In a letter dated April 5, 2019, ACA and our eight local member associations, have called on the Infrastructure Minister to resolve the issue of non payment to contractors over the Grande Prairie hospital project. This delay, up to 300 days late for some contractors, is putting the financial survival and livelihoods at risk.

Our member firms and associations appreciate the opportunity to work with the Province of Alberta to build the schools, hospitals, and other public structures that serve their fellow Albertans. They often do so under challenging circumstances yet they rarely complain or seek the limelight.

However, our associations have grown increasingly concerned about the financial impacts of the unresolved payments from the Grande Prairie hospital project.

We feel compelled to speak out on behalf of our members, their employees and their families.

Please click here for the full letter to the minister.

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On Thursday January 31, Buildforce released its latest construction industry look ahead for Canada. In drilling into the Alberta summary there are signs of stabilization.

“Construction employment rose in 2018 for the first time since 2015, bolstered by continued recovery in new homebuilding and gains in the construction of non- residential ICI (industrial, commercial, institutional) buildings. The 2019–2028 outlook scenario projects overall construction employment will remain stable over the near term.”

BuildForce Canada is a national industry-led organization that represents all sectors of Canada’s construction industry. Its mandate is to provide accurate and timely labour market data and analysis, as well as programs and initiatives to help manage workforce requirements and build the capacity and the capability of Canada’s construction and maintenance workforce. Visit: www.constructionforecasts.ca

You can read the forecast here.

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Essential skills are used in every task a worker performs. Workers use essential skills to complete simple tasks, such as filling out a form or giving a verbal update at a meeting, to more complex tasks, such as writing an operational plan with sophisticated computer software. Employees need essential skills in order to perform their current jobs competently and to learn new skills to advance in their careers.

One project AWES is working on is Skilling UP, an innovative workplace training approach funded by the Government of Canada, through the Office of Literacy and Essential Skills (OLES), designed to increase the workplace essential skills of employees in the manufacturing sector.

 Skilling UP offers essential skills training that are tightly tied to workplace procedures and documents determined through an extensive organizational needs assessment. It is aligned to current essential skills levels and organizational goals within the company.

The Alberta Workforce Essential Skills Society (AWES) is a non-profit organization focused on training, research and curriculum development. AWES specializes in developing customized essential skills training solutions for organizations, employers and practitioners.

 AWES has begun posting a series of blog posts and case studies reflecting on each partner’s experience with the Skilling UP Essential Skills training project. Click here to find out more about what they offer.

More information can be found at the links below:

AWES Website
Essential Skills 101
AWES on Twitter

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The Canadian Society for Civil Engineering is offering a course on performance-based seismic design of tall reinforced concrete buildings as part of a continuing education course.

This course covers detailed information from the conception to the final design of a Reinforced Concrete Shear Wall building using a performance-based seismic design (PBSD)approach.  It includes hands-on experience in the application of PBSD on several building projects on the West Coast of USA.  It goes over the concept of PBSD, its development and key aspects of the general approach. It also presents an overview of the latest PBSD guidelines currently used and a brief review of current code requirements and how they differ from the PBSD approach.

The instructor is Freddy Pina,Ph.D., P.Eng., President of PBRV Consulting Ltd., a company that offers professional services to structural engineering firms with the main focus being in the seismic design of tall buildings using a performance-based design approach and in the assessment of the potential risk of failure or damage of existing buildings.  Dr. Pina has been involved in the seismic design of numerous tall buildings as well as in the seismic risk assessment of several existing buildings.  He is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia.

Please click here to view the brochure and to register.

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The Alberta government on November 28, 2018 announced their second quarter fiscal update. The government generally seemed positive about the current numbers, while concerns continue to grow over future issues such as pipelines and oil prices.

Compared to last year, 42,000 new jobs were created in the province. Average weekly earnings remain strong and manufacturing sales are up 8.5 per cent.

The Capital Plan remains unchanged from Budget 2018.

The deficit has dropped by $1.3 billion since Budget 2018 with the $500 million risk adjustment remaining in place to protect against price volatility. As a result, our government remains on track to balance the budget as planned in 2023.

However this recovery faces a serious threat from the differential. Inadequate pipeline capacity and inaction by the federal government on crude by rail has led to a widening differential. The decline in the price of Western Canadian Select (WCS) over the past months has weighed on Alberta’s economic outlook.

2018-19 Second quarter forecast ($ millions)

Full-year forecast Budget 2018 Q2 forecast Change from Budget
Income taxes 15,938 16,318 380
Non-renewable resource revenue 3,829 5,322 1,493
Other revenue 28,113 27,965 (148)
Total revenue 47,879 49,605 1,726
Operating expense (excluding CLP) 47,765 47,886 121
Climate Leadership Plan operating expense 1,035 1,029 (6)
Disaster/emergency assistance expense 206 459 253
Other expense 7,175 7,243 68
Total expense 56,181 56,617 436
Risk adjustment (500) (500)
Deficit (8,802) (7,512) 1,290
Energy and economic assumptions Budget 2018 Q2 forecast Change from Budget
WTI (US$/bbl) 59.00 64.00 5.00
Exchange rate (US¢/Cdn$) 80.0 77.50 (2.5)
Real GDP growth (%) 2.7 2.5 (0.2)

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The WCB Board of Directors approved the 2019 rate at their meeting on Tuesday, November 27, 2018.  The 2019 average premium rate will increase to $1.08 (from an average rate of $1.04 collected in 2018).  The average required rate to cover 2019 costs is actually $1.29, however in recognition of the struggling economy the $0.21 difference between the average required rate and the rate collected will be absorbed by the Accident Fund, as it was in 2018.  

If you would like more detailed information for your Industry,please contact James Wilson directly.

Employer statements should be available no later than December 9th.

Please see the following for further details:
WCB rate information
2019 Premium Rates
2019 Premium rate highlights
Rate comparison by sector

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