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B.C. Labour Code Changes Could Create Construction Industry Upheaval

(Victoria, May 30, 2022) – The passage of B.C. labour code amendments opens the door to industry wide upheaval at the height of construction season, according to the Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA) whose membercompanies build major infrastructure and capital projects, employing nearly 10,000 construction workers in B.C. “While open periods are a legitimate part of collective bargaining, reverting back to one-year open periods invites the instability and turmoil of aggressive union drives,” said Paul de Jong, president of PCA. “It’s no different than holding a political election every …

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PCA Applauds Alberta’s Successful Challenge of Bill C-69

(Edmonton, May 10, 2022) – The Alberta government’s successful challenge of Bill C-69 is further proof that this “anti-resource development” legislation is badly broken, according to the Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA) whose member companies build major capital and infrastructure projects across Canada, include pipelines. “We applaud the Alberta government for successfully demonstrating that Bill C-69 and its misguided labyrinth of oppressive rules and regulations is desperately in need of a re-do,” said PCA president Paul de Jong. “The legislation was designed to stall or shutdown valuable resource projects, and we’re very pleased it’s been shown for what it is: unconstitutional and undemocratic to …

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PCA Applauds Ontario Budget Focus on Skilled Trades and Rebuilding Economy

(Toronto, April 28, 2022) – The Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA) commends the Ford government for its strong and ongoing commitment to the skilled trades in Budget 2022. “We’d like to acknowledge the Ford government for its genuine and unprecedented commitment to the skilled trades,” said Karen Renkema, VP Ontario, at PCA. “From shutting …

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Proposed Labour Code Changes Could Wreak Havoc on B.C.’s Construction Industry

(Victoria, April 7, 2022) – The Horgan government’s proposed labour code amendments are a giant step backwards for workers and employers, according to the Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA) whose member companies build major infrastructure and capital projects, employing thousands of construction workers. Currently, collective agreements appropriately have open periods every three years in …

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PCA Welcomes TFW Program Changes to Help Ease Construction Worker Shortage

(Edmonton, April 5, 2022) – The Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA), whose member companies have been impacted by labour shortages, welcomes federal program adjustments that would allow more Temporary Foreign Workers (TFWs) to fill desperately needed positions at construction sites across Canada. PCA members build major infrastructure and capital projects, employing thousands of construction …

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Winnipeg Council Should be Guided by Public Benefits of Construction Competition

(March 3, 2022) – A report by an independent Montreal public policy think-tank on the benefits of construction competition is an important reminder for Winnipeg City Council, as it considers how the public can benefit from future large scale infrastructure projects, according to the Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA) whose member companies employ thousands …

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Horgan Gov’t Gives B.C. Taxpayers the Snub with Another So-Called “CBA” Project

Victoria (February 18, 2022) – The Horgan government is sticking it to taxpayers and workers once again, with its decision to build a new $136.6 million Trades and Technology Complex through a so-called Community Benefits Agreement (CBA), according to the Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA) whose member companies build major infrastructure and capital projects across …

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We Agree! Report Finds Construction Costs Way Too High in Ontario

Toronto (February 10, 2022) – The Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA) whose member companies build major infrastructure and capital projects across the country, welcomes the report of an independent Montreal based public policy think-tank, that finds Ontario taxpayers are needlessly spending millions of dollars too much for construction. The Montreal Economic Institute (MEI) found …

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PCA Welcomes Federal Plans to Make Immigration System More Efficient

Edmonton (February 1, 2022) – The Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA) whose member companies build major infrastructure and capital projects, employing thousands of construction workers across Canada, welcomes Immigration Minister Sean Fraser’s plans to modernize the immigration system and reduce processing times. “It’s a move in the right direction,” said Paul de Jong, President …

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