PCA Questions Whether New Rules Will Speed Up Project Approvals

Edmonton (February 8, 2017) – While Canada’s approval process for major projects is in need of an overhaul, the Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA) questions whether the proposed new process will be the way forward.

“We share the Federal Government’s goal to streamline the regulatory process and get key infrastructure built sooner,” said Darrel Reid, VP Public Affairs of the Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA). “However, it remains to be seen how more extensive consultation will ultimately get projects moving and creating jobs.”

The Federal Government plans to replace the National Energy Board and create the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada through new legislation. This new body would be responsible for reviewing all major projects.

PCA believes that Canada already adheres to high safety and environmental standards.

“No one benefits from a process that increases the regulatory burden, making it more difficult to attract investors,” added Reid. “What we do need is a regulatory process that’s widely respected and that Canadian’s can trust will work in the national interest.”

About the Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA)

With offices in BC, Alberta and Ontario, PCA is the voice of progressive unionized employers in Canada’s construction industry. Our member companies are responsible for 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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