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Infrastructure assessment should bolster trade corridor investment: WCR&HCA

A national infrastructure assessment is a valuable, long overdue step towards putting Canada on strong footing for investment in critical infrastructure assets to boost its trade profile and productivity, the Western Canada Roadbuilders and Heavy Construction Association says in a brief submitted to the federal government.

The submission, sent June 17, outlines the imperative and necessary elements of a Western Canada Trade Gateways and Corridors Initiative, a proposal the WCR&HCA has advanced to Ottawa and the region’s provincial governments.

“The National Infrastructure Assessment can be the ‘keystone’ in “building back better,” by ensuring Canada identifies and invests in the strategic nation-building infrastructure that holds the fastest, highest return to our GDP to generate the opportunity to move our country where we want to be, for generations to come,” the brief to Infrastructure and Communities Minister Catherine McKenna says.

The infrastructure assessment should aim to serve Canada’s immediate needs by:

– conducting a comprehensive survey of the condition of national, provincial and municipal infrastructure which is strategic to national interest;

– estimating the level of investment required for bringing that infrastructure to good condition, and for building new infrastructure necessary to support economic growth;

– surveying the public and private sector’s regional, provincial and municipal infrastructure priorities which are of national significance; and,

– setting out the steps necessary to move to a sustainable, long-term funding strategy to meet those needs.

Those basic objectives can serve as the foundation upon which to build a plan to elevate Canada’s strategy for increased trade, domestically, continentally and globally.

The strategy needs to assess the trade potential that resides within the new or expanded trade agreements that Canada has signed in the last years and then identify the nation-building infrastructure projects that allow the country to seize on the trade opportunities, prioritizing investment for those projects that hold the greatest return to our GDP.

The return on investment is the way for the country and its provincial governments to revive their economies, reduce the deficits that have accumulated due to the effect of the pandemic and economic shutdown that resulted, the paper noted.

The WCR&HCA said a Western Canada Trade Gateways and Corridors Initiative will open Asia’s untapped trade markets to Canada.

“Western Canada, our country’s port to a vast, untapped Asian market, is indispensable to Canada’s trade profile and productivity and, therefore, its economic health and prosperity,” the brief explains.

“Done right, a sustained, long-term, robust investment program for Western Canada’s trade gateways and corridors can help secure for generations to come the standard of living Canadians have come to expect.”

Chair’s Gala

November 18, 2022
RBC Convention Centre

Close to 650pp attended from both industry, government and stakeholder partners.  It was the closing of Nicole Chabot’s two year term as Chair.  Dennis Cruise of Bituminex Paving was welcomed as the new Chair.

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2022 Heavy Santa

December 16, 2022
David Livingstone School

This event was made possible through fundraising at the MHCA Chair’s Gala and Spring Mixer.

104 goodie bags and presents were prepared for the grades 1-4 students at David Livingstone School. 

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Awards Breakfast & Annual General Meeting

November 18, 2022
RBC Convention Centre

Manitoba Transportation & Infrastructure (MTI) Award Winner

  • Grading – Strilkiwski Contracting Ltd.: PTH 6 Grahamdale
  • Paving – Coco Paving o/a Russell Redi-Mix: Bituminous Reconstruction PTH 83
  • Urban Works – Coco Paving o/a Russell Redi-Mix: Bituminous Reconstruction PA 634 and Bituminous Pavement PTH 5
  • Special Projects – Mekhana Development Corp/Arnason Industries Ltd: Theresa Point Airport
  • Major Structures – D. Steele Construction: Bridge Replacement over the Red River Floodway on PTH 59N
  • Minor Structures – Moncrief Construction Ltd.: Reinforced concrete box culvert on PTH 5
  • Water Management – Brunet Ltd.: Flood response, Morris ring dike closure

200 members and guests gathered to hear greetings from Premier Heather Stefanson and the newly elected Mayor of Winnipeg, Scott Gillingham. Hon. Doyle Piwniuk, Minister, Manitoba Infrastructure, handed out the MTI Awards.

31 companies were recognized for their milestone membership commitments.

Matthew Neziol, of Bayview Construction, received the Safety Leader Award.

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