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Ford Government Unveils Plan for Modern, Dynamic Skills Training and Apprenticeship System in 2019 Ontario Budget

Toronto (April 11, 2019) – The Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA) welcomes the Ford government’s plan for a “modernized, client-focused” apprenticeship and skilled trades training system, outlined today in its 2019 Budget. The ground-breaking plan includes initiatives to transform the governance and delivery of Ontario’s apprenticeship system, and a bold vision to enable more […]

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Passage of Bill 66 A Major Milestone for Fair and Open Construction Tendering in Ontario

Toronto (April 2, 2019) – The passage today of Bill 66, ‘Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act’, marks a significant step forward for fair and open construction tendering in Ontario, according to the Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA). The legislation opens up a competitive construction market, where all Ontario workers, businesses and public entities are treated […]

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PCA Applauds Jason Kenney Plan to Boost the Skilled Trades

Edmonton (March 26, 2018) – The Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA) whose member companies employ skilled trades workers across Alberta, is delighted by UCP leader Jason Kenney’s 13-point “Job Skills for Alberta’s Economy” plan that’s aimed at expanding skills training and vocational education and promoting the value of skilled trades careers. “This is the […]

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Federal Budget Includes Few Benefits for Construction Industry

(March 18, 2019) – Although the Federal Liberal government’s fourth and final budget tabled today before the fall election includes $23 billion in new spending across more than 100 areas, there are few benefits for Canada’s construction industry, according to the Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA). “This is clearly a pre-election budget, with priorities […]

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PCA Welcomes Ford Gov’t Plan to Renew Focus on the Skilled Trades in Schools

(March 15, 2019) – The Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA) welcomes today’s Ford government announcement to reform education curriculum and refocus on improving opportunities for students to pursue careers in the skilled trades. “We very much welcome the government’s announced plan to increase student and parent exposure to the skilled trades and promote the […]

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Coalition Urges B.C. Supreme Court to Strike Down Horgan Gov’t Public Infrastructure Rules

Vancouver (February 27, 2019) – The NDP government’s labour framework for building public infrastructure projects violates the rights of 85 percent of B.C.’s construction workforce and should be struck down, according to a coalition of British Columbia’s largest construction associations and progressive unions representing the vast majority of the province’s construction workforce. The legal proceedings […]

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PCA Urges Federal Gov’t to Endorse NEB Report and Get On With Building the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project

(February 22, 2019) – The Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA), whose member companies will be major constructors of the project, along with thousands of Alberta and B.C. construction workers, is pleased with the National Energy Board’s recommendation that the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion project should proceed. The NEB reconsideration report concludes that the project […]

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B.C. Budget 2019: An Opportunity Wasted

(February 19, 2019) – The B.C. government continues to ramp up spending in Budget 2019 without providing good public value on its infrastructure investments, according to the Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA), whose member companies employ thousands of B.C. construction workers. “The Horgan government would have millions more for everything from hospitals and daycare […]

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B.C.’s CBA Sets New Low for Public Policy  

(February 14, 2019) – The Horgan government’s framework for building billions of dollars in public infrastructure projects is a resounding public policy failure, according to the Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA). Today PCA took on the B.C. Building Trades Unions (BTUs) in a featured panel debate on restricted Community Benefit Agreements (CBAs) at the […]

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