Stimulus plan boosts school upkeep and renewal

Capital funding for school divisions has been increased by $250 million to help boost the economy, while also accelerating important maintenance to existing schools. This funding will support hundreds of projects in all school divisions across the province. The work will create about 3,750 jobs and see more Albertans working again sooner.

The province will work with school divisions to invest dollars in the most efficient and effective ways possible. Specific projects will be confirmed by the start of June. […]

Alberta announces $2B to protect jobs, maintain and improve road, school infrastructure

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney announced Thursday a $2-billion investment in infrastructure maintenance and renewal projects to keep people working during the COVID-19 pandemic.

He said the projects would include repairs on K-12 schools (roofs, doors, windows), HVAC updates and mechanical retrofits to post-secondary facilities, upgrading information technology and audio systems in courthouses, work on roads and bridge decks, and filling potholes.

“Construction season is upon us,” Kenney said. “We cannot afford to lose a day when we need the money to […]

Kentwood selected as site for new Catholic middle school

Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools (RDCRS) have announced the location of its next capital project. Identified as the district’s top capital priority, a new 6-9 Catholic middle school for Red Deer will be located in Kentwood – at Kingsgate, just north of Kingston Drive. “We are pleased to have secured a site for this new middle school and look forward to quickly moving into the design process, once the government has informed us of that budget,” says Anne Marie […]

City of Red Deer – Call for PPE Resources

The City of Red Deer is in urgent need of sourcing some PPE (masks, gloves, etc). Many social agencies are on the verge of having to discontinue operations if more PPE cannot be found. We are looking for support. If you have any of these items, please contact us.

COVID-19 Resources – Canadian Construction Association

To help businesses prepare for and manage through a potential COVID-19 escalation in Canada, the Canadian Construction Association is referring members to a guide developed by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. It is designed to assist in business planning and continuity efforts. This tool includes links to some of the most relevant and credible information, best practice tools and resources. We will continue to update this information on our website www.cca-acc.com and we encourage you to also visit www.chamber.ca […]

COVID-19 Project Suspension Impact Checklist

The growing global health emergency has already had very real impacts on the Canadian economy and the operations of Canadian businesses. Focusing on the construction industry, it is a known that the COVID-19 pandemic will cause and create significant hardship. All industry participants will be called upon to work together in assessing and impacting operational risk under existing contracts.

In that spirit of cooperation, an emergency meeting of construction industry professionals including the Calgary Construction Association, global law […]

WCB – Premium relief for employers

In March 2020 the Alberta government announced new measures to provide immediate financial support to private sector employers during the COVID-19 outbreak: • All private sector employers will have their 2020 WCB premiums deferred to 2021. • When we resume invoicing for 2020 premiums in 2021, small- and medium-sized private sector employers will have 50 per cent of their 2020 premiums waived. Invoices for 2020 premiums have been stopped for the remainder of the year and WCB will refund […]

Building permit values down in February

Building permit values were down in February dropping from an estimated $20 million in February 2019 to $4.5 million last month. 

52 permits were issued in February, compared with 70 permits issued in February 2019. Year-to-date totals are approximately $25 million lower than the same period last year. January-February 2020 has seen $40 million in permits issued, compared to $65 million during the same period in 2019. 

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