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Heavy construction industry across West calls for action on trade barriers

  The Western Canada Roadbuilders and Heavy Construction Association Board of Directors at its May 28 meeting unanimously resolved to call upon on the Prairie province premiers to halt the use of local preference clauses in tenders, making it all but impossible for companies outside to win construction contracts. Saskatchewan
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Provincial trade barriers must be resisted: Pallister

  Premier Brian Pallister signalled he has heard MHCA concerns and is working to push back on trade barriers erected by the Saskatchewan government in recent weeks that effectively bar outside construction firms from being awarded provincial construction contracts there. Pallister, in a public Chamber of Commerce webinar May 26,
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Manitoba Infrastructure re-organizes for “strategic investment”

  The provincial government has reorganized the structure of Manitoba Infrastructure, highlighting the department’s intent to modernize and focus on decisions around strategic investment. The changes, the result of a review MI launched in 2018-19, are expected to be implemented over time. They are expected to help the department: better
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Advocacy updates: Quarry rehab, $513-million investment details sought

  Manitoba’s resource development division says industry will learn shortly what is to happen this year with the Quarry Rehabilitation Program, suspended since 2018.   “We are turning a new page with this program, and look forward to working with industry and communities in this transition,” a senior official with
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MHCA supports auditor’s recommendations for quarry rehab

  The MHCA is calling on the provincial government to implement, with industry’s full input, the recommendations contained within the Auditor General’s report on the Quarry Rehab Program, released May 20. “This must be done in a timely manner so that the program can resume in construction season 2020,” said
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MHCA responds to Saskatchewan’s ‘local preference’ clauses

  The MHCA has raised the alarm with the provincial government about local preference clauses inserted into Saskatchewan’s tender documents, requiring bidders to include local employment on construction projects. The clauses intend to ensure local communities reap employment benefits from the projects, and all but eliminate the prospect of companies
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CCA taps national advisory councils on COVID-19 recovery strategy

  The Canadian Construction Association’s new advisory councils held their first meeting to prepare recommendations for helping the industry and the country recover from the business shutdown triggered by the pandemic. In a series of teleconference meetings, held during the week of April 6, five recommendations came back to guide
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Provincial website for sourcing personal protection equipment

  A new website to help companies operating or re-opening amid the required COVID-19 safety protocols has opened, listing Manitoba sources for personal protection equipment. The online marketplace – www.B2BManitoba.ca – aims to connect Manitoba businesses with non-medical grade personal protective equipment (PPE) and other materials needed for businesses to operate.
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Borger named to new provincial economic recovery board

  Former MHCA Board chair Henry Borger has been named among 18 Manitobans appointed May 13 to the Premier’s Economic Opportunities Advisory Board. The board has been created to “chart Manitoba’s course for reopening its economy and renewing its growth in order to move the province forward from the COVID-19
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Industry seeks assurance Hydro locates not delayed due to lay-offs

  Manitoba Hydro’s intention to lay off 700 staff is cause for concern about how quickly the Crown corporation will respond to requests for locating of underground utilities. The MHCA has contacted Hydro’s president and spoken directly to senior staff within the provincial government, impressing upon them the importance of
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