CCA Weekly - February 22, 2012

Economy

Skilled trades deficit colliding with energy boom

A new skills shortage is creeping its way in to the Canadian economy, being driven by unprecedented demographic change and an equally unprecedented boom in one large, growing and labour-intensive sector of the economy. Read more

Innovation and Technology

Mobile Mapping a New and Emerging Technology in Construction

Mobile mapping is an emerging technology and the benefits are just beginning to become well known. These systems, compared to conventional data collection methodologies, offer tremendous benefits in terms of data collection costs, productivity, and safety improvements. Read more

Labour

Construction industry employment experiences another month of decline

The labour market in Canada is cooling off as the number of people working was virtually unchanged in January and the construction industry experienced another month of decline. Read more

Immigration stream would be welcome

Recent news reports that Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney and the federal government are contemplating creating a "skilled worker" stream for permanent immigration are welcome news for the construction industry. Read more

Tradesperson’s Tools Deduction Available

Tradespersons who purchased tools in 2011 may be able to save up to $500 on their taxes with the Tradesperson’s Tools Deduction. Read more

CCA News

CDBI Seeking Presenters for 14th Annual Conference

The CDBI invites knowledgeable and well-expressed individuals willing to share their expertise and hands-on experiences to submit a presentation proposal based on the general overall theme of “Connect…Conceive…Construct.” Proposals must be received by February 27, 2012. For more information please visit the CDBI web site:  http://cdbi.org/events/index.html