PCA Applauds Supreme Court Ruling that Calls Bill C-69 into Question

The Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA) whose members build major capital and infrastructure projects across Canada, including pipelines, is pleased that Canada’s highest court has ruled that the Impact Assessment Act, previously known as Bill C-69, is for the most part, unconstitutional. 

“It’s a good day for Albertans and all Canadians,” said Paul de Jong, President & CEO of the Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA). “Finally, there’s recognition that a piece of legislation that has bogged down major projects and driven up costs and uncertainty, is fundamentally wrong.”

PCA believes the Impact Assessment Act, which sets out a process for reviewing and approving Canada’s resource projects creates subjective standards and heightens the risk of political interference. 

“At a time when the world needs Canada’s resources more than ever, this ruling makes it possible for our resource-based country to do what it does best,” added de Jong. 

While PCA is in full support of environmental protections, it has long complained that the Impact Assessment Act is anti-resource development.