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Municipal Infrastructure at Risk of "Rapid Deterioration"
Alberta's Summer Temporary Employment Program (STEP)
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Addressing the Quality of Construction Documents
Complimentary Lunch Followed By Workshop
February 4, 11:45 A.M. - 3:45 P.M.

The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) has identified quality of documents as an ongoing priority for the success of construction projects across Canada and are actively examining the role all industry partners can play in addressing this very important area of concern. As part of this process, we are inviting industry leaders to a half-day workshop.

This complimentary program will include:

-Panel discussion by an Owner, Consultant and Contractor to describe how the quality of documents affects their business, how they determine the level of completeness, and how they address the issue in practice.  

-Round table discussions about who is responsible for quality and coordination; how do we share the risk in documents; how do we measure completeness; and time frames needed for different procurement methods. Also discussions on potential causes, impact and most importantly, the solutions.

Lean Construction Institue-Canada (LCI-C) Forum
February 2, 8:15 A.M. - 11:45 A.M. $50+GST

To help introduce Lean Construction to all stakeholders in the Canadian building industry, LCI-C Co-chairs: Kathleen Lausman (Ex-Deputy Minister of Nunuvat from Kelowna), Serge Massicotte (Massicotte Construction from Ottawa) and LCI-C Education Cluster Group Chair Art Winslow (Graham Group from Kitchener) are holding a series of Forums across the country.

This Forum will:

-Introduce the LCI-C, including an overview of the Lean Construction Education Program developed by the Associated General Contractors Association of America and the Lean Construction Institute.

-Explain Lean principles.

-Showcase the major impact Lean is already having internationally and on Canadian projects.

-Conduct a hands-on Workflow Simulation to illustrate the Lean concepts of Work in Progress (WIP), Throughput, and Cycle Time. This exercise will further demonstrate the significant productivity gains that are inherent in Lean.

Registration Now Open: OAEC IV
The next OAEC Workshop will be held on Wednesday, February 24 at the BMO Centre from 8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.

This event will consist of four How-To Sessions, which are set in a roundtable environment to foster discussions leading to best practices and solutions. These Sessions will be:

-How to Determine the Right Project Delivery Method for Your Project

-How to be Ethical in the Construction Industry

-How to Attract Youth to be Successors

-How to Build a Team With Different Mindsets and Hats


CCA's 71st Annual General Meeting
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Markin MacPhail Centre (Winsport)
4:30 P.M. - 8:30 P.M.

Keynote Address: 
ATB Economist TODD HIRSCH to address Alberta's bold new path

2015 brought sweeping change to the province. With the new federal and provincial governments comes higher personal and corporate taxes, a royalty review triggering anxiety in the oil patch already facing an oil price slump, an economy wide carbon tax along with a cap on oil sands emissions, the down grade of Alberta's credit and a low Canadian dollar. Is there a need for a change of course? 

While Albertan's face economic uncertainty, well-known and respected economist Todd Hirsch will give insight as to what the future holds for Alberta and Canada. 

With the focus on the future, how long will it be before Alberta will experience once again the optimal working atmosphere? 

CCA Member Scholarships - Apply Today!
Six $2,000 scholarships per academic year may be awarded to CCA member employees, part-time employees, or dependents. All applications must be pursuing advanced education in a business or construction related field to be eligible.

Deadline to Apply: February 19, 2016.

Successful applicants will be awarded the scholarships at the CCA's Annual General Meeting, which will take place on March 22.

Young Construction Leaders Committee

The NEW Young Construction Leaders Committee (YCLC) is looking for members to serve on the committee. Applications are open to employees of CCA member companies who are 35 years or younger.

The mandate of the YCLC is to: provide Young Construction Leaders (YCL) with opportunities for mentorship and to strengthen professional relationships; enable the exchange of ideas impacting YCL; and to contribute to educational and social programs for YCL.

Those interested in being a part of the YCLC can fill out this application form.

Deadline to apply is February 12, 2016.

10th Annual
April 20, 2016
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

The CCA is excited to be hosting the 10th annual CONSTRUCTION CAREER EXPO. This event will host upwards of 2500 junior and senior high school students to try to their hands at a variety of skilled trade while exhibitors encourage them to build a career in construction.

The CCA looks forward to welcoming the exhibitors, volunteers and participants who have attended in the past back and welcome any of you who have never attended to come visit this ONE-OF-A-KIND EXPO.

We are still accepting exhibitor registrations. If your company is interested in taking part, please submit the registration form by February 19.

Check out this YouTube video featuring highlights from last year.

Municipal Infrastructure at Risk of 'Rapid Deterioration': CIRC

The results of the 2016 Canadian Infrastructure Report Card (CIRC) show nearly 35 per cent of municipal infrastructure assets are in need of attention, at risk of rapid deterioration.

With almost 60 per cent of the nation's core public infrastructure owned and maintained by municipal governments, and the total value estimated at $1.1 trillion, the report states it represents "a call to action," say stakeholders.

"This report card stresses, perhaps even more than the first one that was released in 2012, the high cost to putting off necessary reinvestment to rehabilitate critical infrastructure," explains Michael Atkinson, president of the Canadian Construction Association (CCA). Read more.

Alberta's Summer Temporary Employment Program (STEP)
Hire a student and get a wage subsidy of $7/hour

Now is the time to start planning for summer. Hiring a student is a great way to bring energy and fresh perspectives into your organization and get short-term projects done. STEP students benefit by building transferable skills and gaining valuable work experience to prepare them for the workforce.

You can submit applications starting January 25, 2016 until February 29, 2016. To help you prepare your application, read the STEP Guidelines and:

•find out the eligibility requirements for employers, students and positions
•determine your business needs and define your summer job(s)
•know where to advertise your position to reach students
•be aware of the STEP application process and timelines

To learn more, go to

Alberta Construction Association News
The ACA leads Alberta's construction industry in government advocacy, public relations, industry practices and partnerships, and promotion of a skilled workforce. 

Construction Industry Innovations Make Life Long Learning Key

A recent article in Construction World has stressed again how important lifelong learning can be for everyone. As changing technology, from 3D printing, drones, BIM and other changes happen it is important to continue to upgrade skills. Read more

Canadian Construction Association News
CCA Weekly is an electronic newsletter published each week by the Canadian Construction Association. It contains relevant articles and information for CCA members and those involved in the construction industry.

Infrastructure Money to Flow Once Budget Is Passed

Money for infrastructure projects meant to stimulate the economy, which will likely focus on repairs and maintenance in the first phase of funding, will start flowing soon — but not before the budget is passed, the infrastructure minister said Thursday. Read more

Register for BuildForce Canada’s Webinar: Feb. 17, 12:00 EST

Lean everything you need to know about the next 10 years in The Canadian construction and maintenance labour market. Download registration form


February 4 | Lean Construction Institute-Canada (LCI-C) Forum
February 4 | Addressing the Quality Construction Documents - Complimentary Workshop
February 9 | The Execution Imperative: Why Some Companies Thrive in Uncertain Times
February 24 | OAEC IV "Success Through Collaboration" Workshop
March 1 | The Role of Legal Counsel (AM) 
March 1 | Deciding on the Venue for the Resolution of Disputes (PM) 
March 2 | Talent Succession for Growing Businesses
March 16 | Working with your Banker to Show you the Money!
March 17 | How to Run Your Own Trial in Provincial Court
March 22 | CCA's 71st Annual General Meeting
March 22 & 23 | Construction 101 "Putting the Construction Pieces Together" 
March 29 | Transitioning Your Company for Success and Ensuring Its Legacy
March 31 | Cold Weather Construction
April 5 & 6 | Two Day Accounting for Non-Financial Managers' Seminar
April 5 | Blueprint Reading II - Multiple Day Program
April 7 | Profitable Contracting Seminar 
April 12 | Building a Cohesive Leadership Team
April 20 | 10th Annual Construction Career Expo

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