CCA Weekly - December 6, 2011

Topics in this week’s issue:

Infrastructure

Construction associations support replacement for Building Canada Fund

Labour

Despite Losses, Construction Sector Posts Job Growth in November

Construction Industry Experts Respond to October Employment Figures

Government Relations

Canadian Construction Association presents to House of Commons environment committee

Innovation and Technology

Better Road Building Paves Way for Energy Savings

Economy

Investment in Non-Residential Construction Declines

Infrastructure

Construction associations support replacement for Building Canada Fund

Associations representing Canada’s construction and consulting engineering industries have welcomed the federal government’s announcement of a strategy to develop a successor program for the current Building Canada plan. Read more

Labour

Despite Losses, Construction Sector Posts Job Growth in November

Statistics Canada released its labour force survey results for the month of November, and the Canadian construction industry posted gains of 1.6% over October’s figures. This comes on the heels of declines in October, and a drop in the national employment rate, which saw a decrease of 0.1% over the previous month. Construction still remains ahead of 2010 figures. Read more

Construction Industry Experts Respond to October Employment Figures

Before Statistics Canada reported the November employment figures, construction industry experts were already cautioning about any significant response to reported declines in October. Though the numbers can be frightening, Canadian Construction Association (CCA) president Michael Atkinson says long-term focus is needed when it comes to the labour force, not a month to month view. Read more

Government Relations

Canadian Construction Association presents to House of Commons environment committee

The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) has called on the federal government to establish a national framework for environmental assessments that minimizes duplication, assures “one project one assessment” and appropriately focuses federal resources. Read more

Innovation and Technology

Better Road Building Paves Way for Energy Savings

With infrastructure remaining an important topic both in Canada and the United States, National Geographic Magazine looks at the role that road building and heavy construction can play in the environment, including new technologies to create more energy savings. Read more

Economy

Investment in Non-Residential Construction Declines

After posting six consecutive quarters of growth, investment in non-residential building construction decreased 1.3% to $11.1 billion in the third quarter. This decline was largely driven by a continuing downward trend in investment in institutional building construction. Read more

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