CCA Weekly - February 7, 2012

CCA News

Register today for the 2012 CCA Annual Conference- “The Changing Face of Construction”

There are fewer than 40 days until the 2012 CCA Annual Conference, to be held from March 11-16 in Savannah Georgia. The theme of this year’s conference is “The Changing Face of Construction,” which explores many of the trends the Canadian construction industry will face in the coming years. Business sessions, complemented by a very entertaining social program, make the 2012 Annual Conference a not-to-be-missed event. Register today at www.cca-acc.com/en/annual-conference.

Economy

Industry to discuss changes in procurement

Procurement will change in the next decade as the Canadian construction industry attempts to fill the growing infrastructure gap and the need for new resource development. Read more

Construction costs are up year over year

Despite a year-over-year increase in Canada’s Consumer Price Index (CPI) of 2.3 per cent, as of December 2011, CanaData’s total construction material cost index was +3.1% versus December 2010. Economist Alex Carrick explores these increases in the Financial Post. Read more

Innovation and Technology

National Research Council web wind tool helps with roof design

Council is offering a computer tool on its Internet site, which is designed to make it simple for construction engineers to use the National Building Code of Canada to design roof cladding that can withstand winds in a given area. Read more

Labour

Canada’s Jobless Rate Increases

The economy created a negligible 2,300 net new jobs in the month as layoffs in construction and professional services offset modest hiring in manufacturing, Statistics Canada said on Friday. Read more

Paperless Records of Employment Available Through Service Canada

Service Canada’s online service, ROE Web, can help save time and money by filing Records of Employment electronically, instead of filling out hard copies. Learn more