CCA Weekly - October 18, 2011

Canadian Construction Association Discusses Prompt Payment Legislation Proposal

The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) is prepared to lead a national dialogue on prompt payment nationwide among its members thanks to legislation proposed in Ontario on the matter.

“There are some philosophical discussions CCA should have to get some feedback from the rest of the country. One of them is the extent to which industry should be going to government and asking for an imposition of terms, into a construction contract, that you cannot contract out,” said Michael Atkinson, CCA president, to the association’s general contractor council recently.  Read more

Recommendations Submitted for Federal R&D Funding

An expert panel reviewing federal R&D funding submitted its final report, including a series of recommendations to simplify and focus federal funding, including:

  • The creation of an Industrial Research and Innovation Council (IRIC) to deliver the federal government's business innovation programs.
  • Simplification of the tax credit system used to support small and medium-sized businesses.
  • Make business innovation one of the core objectives of procurement.
  • Transform the institutes of the National Research Council into a series of large-scale, collaborative centres involving business, universities and the provinces.
  • Help high-growth innovative firms access the risk capital they need through the Business Development Bank of Canada.
  • Establish a clear federal voice for innovation and work with the provinces to improve coordination.

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Nominations now being accepted for Canadian Construction Association National Awards Program

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2011 CCA National Awards Program, which recognizes the important contributions of projects, people, firms and associations that promote and enhance the Canadian construction industry. The awards program is open to all relevant organizations and individuals who meet the requirements of each award. To find out more about each award and to make a nomination, click here.

Duchess Park Secondary School Wins Top Design-Build Honours for CDBI

The Canadian Design Build Institute announced Duchess Park Secondary School as the winner of its 2011 Award of Excellence, and announced Gerald Schwartz School of Business St. Francis Xavier University as the second-place winner. Read more