February 23rd, 2018

Construction industry urges infrastructure investment


By Letter to the Editor on February 10, 2018.

On Jan. 30, Alberta Construction Association (ACA) sent MLAs a copy of our Capital Plan Recommendations ahead of the 2018 budget. With the development of schools, funding to various municipal public transit projects, and increasing need for expansion or construction on hospitals, the province continues to have infrastructure needs that must be met regardless of economic circumstances.

ACA recognizes that jobs are a priority of the government and keeping Albertans employed in good-paying jobs is critical to the economic engine. Dramatic swings in infrastructure investment discourage young people from choosing a career in construction, discourage existing workers from remaining in construction, disrupt training of new apprentices, contribute to higher accident rates, and lead to financial hardship for companies. Our 3,000 member firms are all across the province and are of various size from single-person contractors to larger firms. They employ one in nine Albertans. In Alberta, construction affects everyone and it is a key cog in driving us forward.

You can read the recommendations on our website at albertaconstruction.net.

Paul Heyens

Chair, Alberta Construction Association

Edmonton

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