MHCA’s advocacy serves our communities and our industry because it recognizes that without a vibrant and growing economy, Canadians could not enjoy the standard of living that is envied globally.
Strategic investment in core infrastructure – highways, streets, bridges, sewer & water, and water control structures – instantly creates well-paying jobs. We all need strong, reliable core infrastructure.
- turn on the tap, or flush the toilet
- walk, cycle or ride to work or school
- stay high and dry when flood waters threaten
you’ve been served by our industry.
Sustainable, long-term and incremental core infrastructure programs support our economy because strategic infrastructure investment has been verified in repeat economic analyses to hold amongst the highest returns to our GDP. A healthy GDP reliably generates the revenues governments depend on to provide the social programs Canadians expect and deserve.
We speak loudly and proudly for the approximately 15,000 workers whose jobs directly or indirectly are attached to the heavy construction industry.
Fuel price adjustment
- Industry presses for retroactive fuel price adjustment on provincial work – read article
Highways and water
- Province hikes highways investment, presents three-year capital plan – read article
- Manitoba presented its first three-year capital plan, setting out multi-year budget targets for programs including Highways Capital
- MHCA recently met with Finance Minister Cameron Friesen and also with Manitoba Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Doyle Piwniuk to discuss the coming 2022 provincial budget and the highways capital program.
- MHCA has made strong representations to the provincial government about the under-expenditure of the highways capital budget, especially in 2020-21, when a total of $60 million was unspent. Click here to read a letter sent to then-premier Kelvin Goertzen and click here to read a summary.
- Prompt payment legislation introduced; MHCA to respond – read article
- CANADA MISSES THE BOAT ON TRADE, INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT: CCA PANEL
March 10, 2022
Canadians must become alarmed and engaged in the push for greater and wiser investment in trade-enabling infrastructure because our economy is suffering and so will our national security interests, a panel discussion at the Canadian Construction Association conference this week in Vancouver heard.
To view the full panel discussion on trade, diversity and our economic, social and national security click here.
- LONG-TERM INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT RETURNS HIGHER ECONOMIC DIVIDENDS: CANCEA
January 20, 2022
A recent analysis by a respected economic analysis group has found that long-term, predictable investment in transportation infrastructure delivers bigger economic returns than sporadic bursts of funding even where funding levels are similar.
- The Canadian Centre for Economic Analysis reports on the critical links between transportation, infrastructure investment and the economy.
- MHCA is working with the Canadian Construction Association to press the federal government to significantly recapitalize its trade corridors fund – read the February 2022 letter to Transport Minister Omar Alghabra
- WCR&HCA’s proposal for a Western Canada Trade Gateway and Corridor Initiative has gain national and regional support, and is included in the CCA’s pre-budget submission sent in February to the federal government.
Recent results of MHCA’s advocacy
- Right to appeal for when applicants are denied requests to open pits or quarries
- MHCA worked with the province to introduce an appeal mechanism in the Planning Act. Lilyfield quarry owner Colleen Munro won her appeal at the Manitoba Municipal Board in September 2020, after the RM of Rosser rejected her conditional-use application.
- Core infrastructure investment rises, construction declared an essential service in pandemic
- MHCA and WORKSAFELY® pressed to ensure our industry’s work was declared an essential service in March 2020 when most businesses closed
- MHCA’s advocacy saw Manitoba’s economic restart plan add an additional $265 million, over two years, to core infrastructure investment, securing more work for the industry
- Winnipeg Council committee directs the Public Works department to work to ensure recycled concrete aggregates are used in road-building projects
- In September 2020, the Public Works department was directed to work with MHCA, the Specification Review Committee and U of M Prof. Amed Shalaby to compile best practices and recommendations, including a cross-jurisdictional analysis, for increased use of recycled concrete aggregate.
- Quarry rehabilitation work restarts
- Manitoba has approved applications for rehab work on spent pits and quarries, after vigorously work by the MHCA to reactivate the Quarry Rehabilitation Program. The program was halted in 2018, pending review by the Auditor General.
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6 PRINCIPLES FOR INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT
The MHCA has developed 6 fundamental principles for sound investment in core infrastructure – streets, highways, bridges, land drainage, water distribution and wastewater treatment systems. We propose infrastructure investment programs that are:
- PERMANENT, STRATEGIC AND SUSTAINED
Infrastructure investment should be set out in a long-term plan, with predictable cost-sharing between governments
- FOCUSED ON ECONOMIC GROWTH
Evidence shows that investment in strategic infrastructure has defined returns to the economy, $1.60 for every $1 invested (Finance Canada, 7th Report to Canadians, 2011)
- EMBRACING INNOVATION
Adopting new ways to sustainably build or maintain infrastructure will get more value out of the infrastructure budgets
- HARNESSING PRIVATE-SECTOR PARTNERSHIPS
The private sector is the source of ingenuity
- FUNDED BY DEDICATED REVENUE STREAMS
Taxpayers must be able to follow the dollar, to know how much is invested, for what purposes
- REVIEWED ANNUALLY
Regular review of investment programs ensures accountability, discipline to purpose and allows for adjustment to benefit from lessons learned
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Across Canada, the Canadian Construction Association (CCA) represents more than 20,000 member firms drawn from 63 local and provincial integrated partner associations. These firms join CCA through their local or provincial construction associations; and enjoy CCA-provided services through this partnership.
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