PCA and CLAC Work Together to Deliver Value for Taxpayers

Ottawa (Nov. 7, 2017) – The Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA) joined its labour partner CLAC Union today for “Hard Hats on the Hill” Lobby Day to raise further awareness among MPs about the benefits of the progressive model of construction in delivering better value for money on federally funded infrastructure projects.

“Fair and open construction tendering provides greater opportunity for companies and workers and savings of up to 30 percent on taxpayer funded infrastructure projects,” said Paul de Jong, President of the Progressive Contractors Association of Canada. “This is value for money that allows needed infrastructure dollars to go much further.”

PCA and CLAC are responsible for building over $100 billion in infrastructure across Canada. Together, we advocate for “Progressive Construction,” an innovative partnership between member companies and CLAC union employees that deliver tangible benefits:

Skills and Training: The development of new and innovative approaches to construction, skills training and mentorship to attract and retain the next generation of skilled workers.
Savings in Infrastructure: Delivering savings of up to 30 percent on federally funded infrastructure projects.
Opportunities for Women, First Nations & Youth: Increasing participation in the skilled construction workforce of those groups who are vastly underrepresented.

“We’re very proud of the work of our member companies in supporting and hiring First Nations, said de Jong. “It was our pleasure to meet with the Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Indigenous Services, to talk about how we can build on those successes.”

PCA is the voice of progressive unionized employers in Canada’s construction industry. Our member companies are responsible for more than 40 percent of energy and natural resource construction projects in British Columbia and Alberta and are leaders in infrastructure construction across Canada. PCA member companies employ more than 25,000 skilled construction workers in Canada, represented primarily by CLAC.

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