PCA Welcomes Federal Plans to Make Immigration System More Efficient

Edmonton (February 1, 2022) – The Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA) whose member companies build major infrastructure and capital projects, employing thousands of construction workers across Canada, welcomes Immigration Minister Sean Fraser’s plans to modernize the immigration system and reduce processing times.

“It’s a move in the right direction,” said Paul de Jong, President of PCA. “It’s critical that our immigration system supports Canada’s economy by working efficiently and recognizing those skills that are in high demand.”

Right now, Canada’s construction industry is struggling with a severe shortage of construction workers of all skill types, resulting in project delays, and rising project costs that undermine Canada’s plans to “build back better.”

“We support immigration measures that will help ease our industry’s urgent labour needs,” added de Jong. “We look forward to further Immigration and Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) policy initiatives that ensure Canada’s construction industry continues to lead economic recovery.”

About the Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA)

PCA has been a leading voice in construction for more than two decades. 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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Danna O’Brien, Danna@obriencommunications.ca 416-500-0699

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