Budget 2019: Short on restoring investor confidence, strong on workforce development

OTTAWA, March 19, 2019 – The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) is disappointed that the federal government has not taken more concrete actions to restore investor confidence in Canada.

“CCA had wished to see a fiscal remedy for the ongoing steel and aluminum tariffs, some relief for our heavy construction sector that is facing new challenges with carbon pricing, and a strong commitment to improving the flow of infrastructure funding,” said Mary Van Buren, CCA president.

However, CCA would like to recognize the government for its continued leadership on and commitment to prompt payment legislation. The industry looks forward to working with the government in our continued partnership and a successful rollout of this initiative.

Addressing the workforce shortage issue is another key priority for the construction industry. The CCA is appreciative of the federal government’s recognition of the importance of a skilled, diverse and tech-savvy workforce in Canada and is highly supportive of the commitment of $46 million over 4 years for Skills Canada Funding, the promotional campaign to attract young Canadians to the skilled trades and the increased funding for co-op placements. “By creating workplace opportunities for students in construction during their studies, we hope to inspire the next generation who will build our future sustainable communities,” Mary continued. The CCA also looks forward to participating in the announced Apprenticeship Strategy to ensure that the existing programs adequately address barriers to entry and other related workforce initiatives.

‘’The CCA continues to applaud the efforts of the government on the Investing in Canada plan, particularly the $2.2 billion top-up to support municipal and local priorities,” said Mary. “We believe these proposed measures will indeed help “Build a better Canada” and look forward to working with the government on their timely adoption.”

Construction is a cornerstone of the Canadian economy, employing 1.5 million Canadians and generating 7.2% of the gross domestic product (GDP). The construction industry is integral to building strong and resilient Canadian communities, connecting our citizens and businesses.


Rodrigue Gilbert
Vice-President, Public Affairs