CCA Weekly - May 29, 2012

Labour

Warning! More construction and construction employment ahead!

Over the past several months, considerable attention has been given to the weak pattern of job growth in Canada as reflected both by the establishment and the household surveys of employment. This subdued pattern of overall job growth contrasted sharply with the strong job growth in the construction sector. Economist John Clinkard explores construction employment growth, and what else may be expected. Read more

Continuing education is vital for the industry

With the construction environment changing rapidly, the importance of professional development cannot be overstated. Keith Sashaw, president of the Vancouver Regional Construction Association and a member of the Journal of Commerce Editorial Advisory Board, explores the importance of continuing education for the construction industry workforce. Read more

Innovation and Technology

New Cloud-Based Software Can Help Construction Firms of All Sizes

Threshold, a cloud-based construction management utility that streamlines photo uploading, organizing, and sharing, is providing a technology solution for small and medium sized construction firms. The interface allows managers, team members, and clients to easily access plans for multiple projects, each embedded with photos from the construction site that can be updated throughout the building process, improving communication and productivity. Read more

Past Practices Give Way to Technology-Based Approaches

With the proliferation of new technologies now available, one U.S.-based construction firm is embracing cutting edge technology to accelerate efficiencies and processes in its business. Read more

Public-Private Partnerships

PPP Canada to Hold its Second Annual Public Meeting

PPP Canada will be holding its second Annual Public Meeting on June 7, 2012, at the Barney Danson Theatre, located at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa, Ontario. The meeting will be held from 1:00-3:00 p.m, and provides an opportunity for clients to learn more about the PPP Canada mandate, the work they are currently doing, and the services offered by the organization. For more information, and to register, visit www.p3canada.ca.

New Legislation Introduced for Manitoba Public-Private Partnership Infrastructure Projects

The Government of Manitoba has introduced new legislation they hope will improve the "transparency and accountability" of infrastructure projects financed through public-private partnerships. Finance Minister Stan Struthers said the proposed legislation will help ensure taxpayers get the best value for their infrastructure dollars and that governments are accountable for their decisions. Read more