Construction leaders urge feds to partner in building ‘strong foundation for economic growth’

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CaDCR staff writer

About 100 construction leaders from every province gathered on Parliament Hill this week, urging the federal government to partner with the construction industry to build a strong foundation for a stronger Canada.

“Faced with concerns over inflation, the housing crisis and high cost of living, Canadians are looking to their Government for solutions,” said Mary Van Buren, president of the Canadian Construction Association. “Construction is the ideal partner to help drive economic growth for Canada — all while delivering housing and infrastructure that Canada urgently needs.

The construction industry contributed $151 billion (7.4 per cent) to Canada’s GDP in 2022 and generated $92.7 billion in employment income for about 1.6 million people across the country.

Officials say when the construction sector does well, it creates a ripple effect of expansion in other sectors including engineering, manufacturing, agriculture, technology, and retail.

At the Canadian Construction Association’s annual Parliament Hill Day, Canadian construction leaders will asked the Government to:

  • Commit to comprehensive infrastructure investment.
  • Help address the workforce shortage by overhauling immigration
  • Modernize procurement processes.

“The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) is urging the federal government to collaborate with the construction industry and implement policy changes that can unleash the full potential of an industry that is an economic powerhouse,” CCA chair Brendan Nobes said in a statement.

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