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Industry Perspectives Op-Ed: Fixing Toronto District School Board’s funding woes not that hard

There was a hue and cry recently when the Ford government cut funding for Toronto public school repairs. Although it wasn’t intentional, the end of Ontario’s Cap and Trade programs has left the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) millions of dollars short for badly needed school renovations. However, there is an easy fix that could …

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PCA Congratulates New Ontario Government That is For The Taxpayers

(June 7, 2018) – The Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA) welcomes Ontario’s next premier Doug Ford, whose Progressive Conservative party has changed the province’s political landscape by winning a majority government in today’s Ontario election. Top priorities for PCA include fair and open tendering across Ontario and modernizing the skilled trades training and apprenticeship …

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Paul de Jong: Taxpayer-funded projects should benefit all B.C., not select unions

When plans for big infrastructure projects roll out, they should be guided by the basic principals of public procurement:competition, fairness and value. This op-ed was published on May 3, 2018 for HuffPost Canada. https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/paul-de-jong-/taxpayer-funded-projects-should-benefit-all-b-c-not-select-unions_a_23425583/ The B.C. government will soon be announcing how it plans to award contracts for billions of dollars in public construction work. Major infrastructure …

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A letter to the Prime Minister regarding Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion

April 11, 2018 The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau and Cabinet Prime Minister of Canada Office of the Prime Minister 80 Wellington Street Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2 Dear Prime Minister Trudeau and Cabinet: On behalf of members of the Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA) we are writing to urge you and members of your government …

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PCA Urges Ottawa To Show Some Backbone In Fight Over Trans Mountain Pipeline

(April 9, 2018) – The Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA) is urging the Federal Government to quit promising and start proving it will do whatever it takes to get the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project built, and built now. “It’s about time the Federal Government showed Canadians that it’s willing to act in the …

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Poll finds British Columbians oppose restrictive labour agreements

77 per cent of decided respondents oppose restrictive labour agreements Vancouver (April 4, 2018) – Upcoming critical public infrastructure projects such as the Pattullo Bridge Replacement Project could cost B.C. taxpayers billions of dollars more than they need to and prove politically costly if they are not handled properly. A poll out today finds British …

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Ontario’s Big Ticket Spending Budget Begs Questions

Toronto (March 28, 2018)  – The Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA) welcomes the Ontario government’s continued commitment to rebuilding infrastructure and supporting apprenticeship programs. However, PCA recognizes the hard reality: taxpayers and businesses will eventually have to cover a $6.7 billion deficit, and $20 billion plus in new spending. “The Liberal government has found …

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PCA Encourages Alberta Government to Get Key Projects Built

PCA Encourages Alberta Government to Get Key Projects Built  (Edmonton, March 22, 2018) – The Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA) encourages the Alberta government to redouble its efforts to support completion of the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion project without further delay. In its 2018 Budget, the Alberta government announced its resolve to move this …

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PCA Concerned by OCOT Delay in Ratio Reviews

Toronto (March 20, 2018) – The Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA) is disappointed by the Ontario College of Trades’ (OCOT) request for a 12-month extension to its obligation to review apprenticeship ratios. “It’s unfortunate that it will now be more than a year before there is any serious conversation about ratios and opening up …

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