Subsidiary permits now available online

Contractors and homeowners can now apply and pay for electrical, plumbing, heating, gas and service connection permits online through

Once they’ve applied and paid for them, customers can get their subsidiary permits immediately at their workplace, at home, or wherever they are, 24/7 – and save themselves a trip to City Hall.

The new MyPermits service expands on other services already offered to both residential and business customers through MyCity, including inspections, business licenses, dog licenses and tax information.

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NAOSH Week – Mock Accident at local school presented by Parkland Regional Safety Committee

A mock collision highlighting the risks of not being safe around traffic was held at Sylvan Lake’s École Mother Teresa School on Monday.

Around 200 students in grades four and five took in the reenactment which depicted a young boy being hit by a truck after walking through a parking lot while distracted.

Ryan Hawley, Chair of the Parkland Regional Safety Committee, said it is vital to educate at a young age.
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On Day of Mourning, Alberta clarifies rules on investigations into workplace injuries and deaths

On the day Canadians mourn deaths and serious injuries in the workplace, the province has announced new rules to improve the investigations into such incidents.

Labour Minister Christina Gray says the province has signed a memorandum of understanding with 10 police services, including RCMP and Lacombe Police Service. The plan sets protocols to make it easier to determine if criminal charges or charges for workplace violations are warranted.

On Friday, Red Deerians took part in the national day of mourning by converging […]

Alberta announces funding for 10 highway projects

Alberta has announced funding for 10 bundled highway rehabilitation and improvement projects totalling 96 subcomponent construction projects across the province.

The federal government is providing funding for up to 50 per cent of eligible costs for these projects — nearly $255 million — and the Government of Alberta is investing more than $279 million. The projects have a combined total estimated cost of $535 million.

“These investments in highway infrastructure across Alberta will support economic growth and provide safer and more efficient transportation […]

Alberta encouraged to hire local for hard hit professions

Under the federal-provincial program companies cannot apply to hire temporary foreign workers for 29 occupations.

The list includes engineering managers, contractors, machinists, plumbers, carpenters and oil and gas well drillers.

The governments say under the pilot project it will be easier for employers to recruit Alberta workers for jobs.

Alberta’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 8.4 per cent last month.

As of December the province had the third highest number of employment insurance recipients in Canada — up 55 per cent from the […]

Residential building permits strong but overall permit values lag

Despite strong residential building, overall building permit values were lower last month compared to March 2016.

Residential permits were valued at $2.5 million in March compared to nearly $3 million the same time last year. Commercial permits were valued at $5.5 million, down from $12 million in March 2016.
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Provinces poised to sign historic Canadian Free Trade Agreement in April

Canadian territories and provinces are expected to sign a free trade deal in April that will change the way goods and services are exchanged across the country.

“It’s the biggest step forward in removing barriers to internal trade in our country in the history of Canada,” Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister said Thursday.

The Canadian Free Trade Agreement was largely negotiated during a first ministers meeting in Whitehorse in July.

Brad Duguid, Ontario’s economic development minister, said the accord is good news for Canada.

“It will […]

New courthouse a big win for Red Deer

A new Red Deer courthouse was announced during the provincial budget yesterday, acknowledging the ever increasing population Red Deer’s courthouse serves and demands on the judicial system. The City is still working through the budget details to determine how it will impact citizens, businesses and our community as a whole.
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Alberta’s 2017 Budget for the Construction Industry

On Thursday, March 16, 2017, the Government of Alberta revealed the 2017 budget. The government in the past has recognised the importance of investing in infrastructure. ACA has always said that infrastructure investment is a way to keep good trade jobs in Alberta during difficult times in other parts of the economy.

The Government has increased the capital plan for the next 4 years by over a billion dollars to build much needed schools, health care facilities, and roads.  That […]