The Calgary Construction Association (CCA) is leading the charge as the construction industry in Alberta takes steps to rebound after the economic slowdown from the past several years.
At the CCA’s Annual General Meeting on Thursday, March 22, member construction companies received an update on the state of the industry and a snapshot into 2018.
“Uncertain and challenging economic conditions in Alberta continue to present obstacles for business owners,” says Fabio Filice, President and COO of the CCA. “Our role is to be an effective voice for our members in all economic states — to help them enhance and leverage their business by providing bid opportunities and educational sessions.”
The CCA’s COOLNet online bidding platform hosted approximately 5,500 opportunities last year with 95 per cent of those public.
The construction industry has been significantly affected by the economic downturn in Alberta. According to recent Alberta Government and ATB Financial reports, total building permits are down 13 per cent in January 2018 when compared to January 2017, and most of the slowdown is taking place in the non-residential sector. Statistics Canada data also indicates that non-residential permits issued in January 2018 are down by 32 per cent from the same period last year.
Despite the ongoing challenges, the CCA membership also heard about the need to focus on the future of construction. Over the next 10 years, reports indicate the construction industry is facing a shortfall of 40-thousand skilled, retiring workers, while population growth in the province is expected to slow.
“We know there is a worker shortfall coming and it’s a good reminder for us to support and engage the future of our industry,” says Rob Cote, Director of Memberships at CCA. “We are looking forward to working with all of our education partners to enhance opportunities for those up-and-comers in the construction industry and are encouraging all of our members to engage and train those who are just getting started.”
The CCA has held several events tailored specifically to young leaders and women in the construction industry and even more of those opportunities are planned for the year ahead.
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The Calgary Construction Association (CCA) is a one-stop-shop for all construction-related information. Promoting excellence and best practices in the construction industry, the CCA represents approximately 850 member companies. The CCA is an educator and community connector, working in collaboration with members and industry partners to provide training and enhance construction opportunities in our community. cca.cc