Four Pillars to Building a Strong Construction Industry
Manitobans are heading to the polls this September to elect a new provincial government. Manitoba competes with other Canadian provinces and other countries to attract business, investment, and a skilled workforce. To ensure the Manitoba economy can face these challenges, there are four basic policy pillars which will prop Manitoba up as a world-class business location that supports and encourages Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional (ICI) investment.
WCA is asking you to bring these issues up with candidates during the upcoming provincial election to ensure they know the value and importance of a strong local construction industry.
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The Four Pillars
Creating An attractive business environment
Construction is directly responsible for over 52,000 jobs in Manitoba. Supporting this sector is critical for Manitoba’s growth and economy.
The Province can help create an attractive business environment by passing prompt payment legislation in Manitoba and by making improvements to the building permit and inspection process.
investing in infrastructure
There is a serious infrastructure deficit in Manitoba, with the Association of Manitoba Municipalities listing this deficit at $11 billion. Manitobans are calling out for a renewed focus on quality of life infrastructure projects, such as hospitals, aged-care facilities, housing, and schools, in addition to transportation. These vital projects need provincial investment to become realities.
The province can deliver a better standard of living our Manitobans by investing in these critical infrastructure needs.
Reducing trade barriers
Facilitating inter-provincial business makes sense for our members as well as our province. The New West Partnership and the Canada Free Trade Agreement are a good start, but there’s more to be done.
The Province can reduce trade barriers by reducing the action period outline in the Limitations of Actions Act and by adopting the 2015 National Building Code.
building a skilled inclusive workforce
The construction industry in Manitoba is aging. The current average age of the workforce is 41 with 15% of the workforce over the age of 65. It is expected that 20% of the workforce will be retiring in the next 9 years.
The province can meet the upcoming workforce demands by making improvements to basic skills education as well as providing support to vocational options for students.