MHCA acknowledges it is located on Treaty One land and the homeland of the Metis Nation

Premiers repeat call on Ottawa to invest in strategic, trade infrastructure

Canada’s provincial and territorial leaders have asked Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to address the need for renewed investment in infrastructure, noting that trade corridors require development.

“On behalf of Canada’s Premiers, I am writing to reiterate our priorities on infrastructure funding and policy,” Nova Scotia Premier Tim Houston wrote in a March 25 letter to the Prime Minister. Houston is Chair of the Premiers’ Council of the Federation.

In July, 2023, the Council at its meeting in Winnipeg issued a joint communique, calling on Trudeau to hold a First Minister’s meeting to address competitiveness and strategic infrastructure.

The communique endorsed the principles of the Canada Trade Infrastructure Plan proposed by a group of leading national business organizations, including the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, the Canada West Foundation, the Canadian Construction Association and the Western Canada Roadbuilders & Heavy Construction Association.

“Unfortunately, a First Ministers Meeting has not been convened, despite repeated requests from Premiers to discuss the linked priorities of competitiveness and strategic infrastructure,” the letter notes.

The premiers are seeking a commitment from Ottawa to invest in funding programs that are “coordinated, adaptable and flexible” to meet the specific needs of each jurisdiction.

The letter sets out guiding principles for new approaches to investment, including that they:

  • ensure enough flexibility in federal funding that flows through (provinces and territories), so that (they) are able to achieve a state of good repair by balancing investment priorities between the restoration, repair, and maintenance of existing infrastructure and future growth projects, including any new investments in housing
  • work with (provinces and territories) to support the development of trade corridors and strategic trade-enabling infrastructure
  • immediately address the unacceptable gaps in the level of infrastructure available in Arctic and northern regions.

You can read the letter here.

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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