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 […]

Alberta Budget includes $97 Million for new Red Deer Courthouse

The City of Red Deer’s biggest wish has finally been answered.

The 2017 Alberta Budget includes $97 million over the next four years for a new courthouse in Red Deer.

“In Red Deer, we will rectify the community’s longstanding concerns regarding a lack of appropriate courtroom space,” Finance Minister Joe Ceci said during his budget speech. “Community leaders have been clear that building a proper new courthouse is a major priority for their area. The previous government failed to act on […]

Building permit values surpass last year by 75 per cent

The total value of building permits from February 2016 to February of this year increased 75 per cent. Building permits rose from an estimated $5.5 million in February 2016 to $9.6 million last month. The number of permits increased significantly as well, from 59 to 96.

Residential and commercial sectors were strong again, with permit values last month estimated at $5.3 million and $4.3 million respectively.

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2017 Trade Definitions Now Available

Trade Definitions provide clarity to all construction project stakeholders as to the allocation of work to be bid and performed.  This clarity in turn reduces confusion, error, disputes, and litigation.  The new 2017 edition is now available.
2017 Alberta Construction Trade Definitions Rev3.0 6-Mar-17

The RDCA Recognizes 3 Local Organizations at the Annual Commercial Awards

The Red Deer Construction Association was proud to acknowledge the outstanding contributions of our member companies within our industry through our Central Alberta Commercial Construction Awards.  The accomplishments were based on projects during the 2016 year.  The Awards were handed out at our Building Central Alberta – Annual General Meeting on February 22nd.
Congratulations to:
Project of the Year (General Contractor)
Points West Living – Red Deer – Premier Building Solutions Ltd.
Sub-Contractor of the Year
Shek Interiors Ltd.

Partnership Award
Red Deer College

The RDCA Celebrates 60 Years in Red Deer

The Red Deer Construction Association Turns 60!
In 1957, the Red Deer Building Exchange was established by local industry construction representatives to provide a more organized structure to the local construction industry.  This included coming up with a streamlined tendering process, a new set of operating standards and the ability for members to access plans and specifications.  The initial office was opened next to the Imperial Lumberyard on 47th Avenue, north of 53rd Street in Red Deer.   By the early 1958, […]