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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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PCA Welcomes New Investments to Advance Skilled Trades Careers

Whitby (November 24, 2021) –The Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA) welcomes today’s announcement from Monte McNaughton, the Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development that will boost funding for a range of skilled trades initiatives including support for employers who hire and train apprentices. “The province truly is moving the ball forward by addressing …

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B.C.’s “CBA” stands out for all the wrong reasons

Click here for the original post, which appeared in the Victoria Times Colonist. It’s a dubious distinction. A prominent Canadian think tank has just completed a major study of Community Benefits Agreements (CBAs) across the country, and they have come to a troubling, but not so surprising conclusion: that the B.C. government’s labour framework for …

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All Workers Should Have Chance to Build Ottawa Hospital Civic Campus

(Ottawa, July 26, 2021) – The Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA) whose members build major infrastructure projects across Canada is urging Ottawa Hospital and the province to give ALL qualified construction workers the chance to help build the new Civic Campus. “While we’re delighted the new campus will help meet the community’s growing health …

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New Report an Important Contribution to Discussion of CBAs in Canada

Are their flaws too numerous to overcome? (Vancouver, July 15, 2021) – The Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA) welcomes “Community Benefits Agreements: Toward a Fair, Open and Inclusive Framework for Canada,” an in-depth analysis of Community Benefits Agreements (CBAs)” by Cardus, a leading Canadian think tank. It examines the genesis of the concept, provides …

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