Action needed

The industry needs federal funding to support the adoption of innovation and technology, as well as policies that incentivize innovation over lowest-cost bid in project proposals.


  • The Canadian construction industry employs over 1.4 million Canadians working to build a better Canada with new technologies, great ideas and a diverse workforce. With more than 20 per cent of the construction workforce retiring over the next decade, the industry is seeking a tech-savvy and creative workforce to build the connected communities of the future.
  • Along with advances in technology, including artificial intelligence, drones and exoskeletons, innovation is occurring in project delivery models. The impact of these changes will be profound leading to reduced waste, increased durability and “smart” facilities that contribute energy.
  • CCA and its members are eager to embrace the benefits of technology and innovation to improve safety, reduce waste, create sustainable infrastructure and increase overall productivity. We are seeking partnerships with all levels of government, academia, and industry to advance these priorities and increase awareness of and access to technology by those working in the construction industry.

CCA message

  • With advances in technology and changes in the way we build and deliver projects, the federal government must take the lead and earmark spending to stimulate world‑class, large‑scale innovation and collaboration that will increase productivity, strengthen Canadian competitiveness and help develop sustainability.
  • CCA enhances industry-wide partnerships for innovation to improve the industry’s productivity, safety, profitability or contribution to building sustainable communities. We are also dedicated to industry-driven R&D that addresses industry challenges and barriers to boost modernization through collaboration to position Canadian construction as a global leader in innovation.
  • Investment in advances in our industry will make direct, tangible improvements to Canada’s economy. The industry needs dedicated program funding and incentives that will encourage businesses of all sizes, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to access and embrace emerging and sustainable technologies.