CCA marks 100th anniversary with Parliament Hill gathering

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François-Philippe Champagne Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, speaks at the CCA's 100th anniversary dinner at the Chateau Laurier on Nov. 27

The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) and 100 of its members gathered on Parliament Hill on Nov. 27 to meet with federal decision makers about the essential role the industry plays in the lives of Canadians.

The association in a news release said the day also marks a milestone — it started 100 years ago, in 1928, with a meeting at the Chateau Laurier Hotel in Ottawa.

Today, the CCA says it a 20,000 firm strong organization drawing membership from 63 local and provincial construction associations in every province and territory. Annually construction is responsible for nearly $119 billion in economic activity or 7 per cent of Canada’s overall gross domestic product (GDP).

“Our central message is that the Canadian Construction industry is the backbone of the government’s Investing in Canada plan.” said CCA chair Zey Emir. “Our industry employs 1.4 million Canadians, many who work for small or medium sized firms. The Government’s continued investment in infrastructure spending and commitment to ensuring that the funds flow to communities is essential to a vibrant Canada.”

General, trade and civil contractors together with manufacturers, suppliers and industry association leaders discussed three key issues facing the industry: investor confidence in Canada, inclusive workforce and innovation, the CCA statement said.

François-Philippe Champagne, Federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, spoke at the association’s 100th anniversary dinner, appropriately, at the Chateau Laurier.

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