CCA calling on government to loosen interprovincial trade barriers

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The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) is urging all levels of government to support and enhance Canada’s economic recovery by maintaining a free-flowing system of trade and labour mobility between provinces.

CCA has long advocated that reciprocity and the free movement of construction materials, services and personnel within Canada are not only important underpinning principles of our federation but are essential elements of our national economy, a fact highlighted as COVID-19 continues to cause disruptions not only in critical supplies but in workforces as well.

A recent statement urges all levels of government go “work together to improve the free movement of goods, services and workers — especially in challenging times.’

“Some regions have been harder hit economically than others. But the solution is not to reflexively turn inward. Interprovincial trade barriers are inefficient, and do not support fair, transparent and competitive procurement processes,” said Mary Van Buren, president of CCA.

“When we are facing one of the biggest challenges in our history, it is more important than ever that we stand united and work together.”

The statement released last week, said that CCA said members – 70 per cent of which are small and medium-sized, family-run businesses – are asking for a clear, balanced, fair and flexible national economic stimulus plan that includes significant investment in infrastructure.

CCA has been advocating for all levels of government to continue investing in important infrastructure projects in all regions of Canada and has been pressing the federal government to reduce red tape and ensure that tenders are issued efficiently.

“The Canadian construction industry is ready, willing and able to partner with the Government of Canada and the Provinces to help our country re-build its economy and improve the quality of life of all Canadians,” the statement concluded.


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