Games, stronger residential sector factors in 2017 building permits

The number of permits issued in 2017 increased over the year before, but values were down in comparison to extraordinary 2019 Canada Winter Games-related construction in 2016.

Last year 1,205 permits were issued for a value of $153 million, compared to 1,078 permits valued at $247 million in 2016. The main factor was the Servus Arena and Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre – together valued at more than $90 million.  Read more

J.T. Setters and Sons Construction Ltd announced as name sponsor for the new enhancements at Great Chief Park

The City of Red Deer is pleased to announce that J.T. Setters and Sons Construction Ltd is the name sponsor for the new enhancements within Great Chief Park including the new pavilion building, outdoor speed skating oval and synthetic sports field; now known as Setters Place at Great Chief Park.

“Today with the adoption of the new name, Setters Place at Great Chief Park, we thank J.T. Setters and Sons Construction Ltd for their partnership and commitment to sport, community, […]

RDCA Christmas Breakfast Raises over $2,500 for Annual Scholarship Program

RDCA Christmas Breakfast 2017
On December 6th, we held our 6th annual member Christmas Breakfast at the Radisson Hotel and Convention Centre in Red Deer.  The event was attended by over 175 people representing member companies, partnering organizations and guests.  Through generous contributions, we raised over $265 plus many boxes of food for donation to the Red Deer Food Bank.  We also collected over $2,500 from silent auction items that goes directly to the RDCA Scholarship Fund.  Thank you to […]

WCB, workplace safety rules get major overhaul in new Alberta bill

Workers would be given the right to refuse unsafe work without facing reprisals — such as loss of pay or termination — under a new bill that proposes a major overhaul to workers compensation and workplace safety rules.

Bill 30, An Act to Protect the Health and Well-being of Working Albertans, was introduced Monday in the Alberta legislature.

WCB review panel calls for overhaul of injury compensation system to make it more worker-centred
Government creates three-person panel to review WCB

The […]

Commercial sector pushes permit values past October 2016

Building permit values last month surpassed values for the same month last year, with commercial permits leading the way.
Commercial permits in October, valued at $10.2 million, nearly tripled the value of commercial permits for October 2016.
For total permits in all sectors, 93 permits were issued last month for a value of $15.7 million, compared to 80 permits issued in October 2016 for a value of $13 million. Although all sectors have had a strong showing in the last several […]

Alberta WCB defies good practice by keeping surplus funds: ACA

An independent review panel has presented the Alberta government with recommendations to modernize its Worker’s Compensation Board (WCB).

But a first glance has some construction industry stakeholders concerned.

The WCB system provides no-fault benefits and supports a safe return to work for injured workers. The last comprehensive review of the WCB system was conducted more than 15 years ago.

The latest 189-page report includes 60 recommendations to government.

“We committed to reviewing the Workers’ Compensation Board to ensure it provides fair compensation and […]

Reports on softwood lumber encouraging, offer hope of a deal

The latest news on softwood lumber is being greeted as an encouraging sign by one analyst, who points to several developments that increase hope of a deal between Canada and the United States.

That sense of optimism is being expressed by Hamir Patel, the director of paper and forest products research at CIBC Capital Markets, who points to three recent signs: Comments from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, comments by B.C. Premier John Horgan, and a report by the Canadian Press […]

Red Deer on the move: multimodal transportation plan approved

With Council giving it the green light, The City’s new multimodal transportation plan is moving forward. Moving Red Deer Forward: Our Multimodal Transportation Plan charts the course for the future of driving, walking, cycling and transit in Red Deer.
“The approval of the multimodal transportation plan is an important step forward for our community,” said Mayor Tara Veer. “As our community continues to grow, it’s critical that we consider how to build a transportation network that provides safe and efficient […]

Canadian lumber producers brace for second round of softwood lumber duties

Canada’s softwood lumber industry is bracing for a second wave of U.S. duties expected to come Monday that could put further pressure on producers, particularly smaller ones, to cut jobs.
The U.S. Department of Commerce announced in April preliminary countervailing duties against five companies ranging between three and 24 per cent, with other producers facing a tariff of 19.88 per cent.
This time, the U.S. is expected to announce preliminary anti-dumping duties with an average rate of around 10 per cent, […]

RDCA Golf Classic a Success

The RDCA held their annual Golf Classic on June 23rd at the Alberta Springs Golf Course.  Over 180 golfers, and volunteers enjoyed a day in the sun, great networking and some golf thrown in as well.  All money raised from our prizes and silent auction goes to our annual scholarship awards for local apprentices.  Thank you to the many sponsors and volunteers that made this another great event.
RDCA Golf Classic Report