Reducing Barriers to Interprovincial Trade a No-Brainer, APC Says

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The Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (APC) is getting behind the Government of Alberta in its efforts to reduce barriers to interprovincial trade.Th PCA noted the recent Just Case report by the panel, aimed at giving the province a stronger voice within confederation, recommends working with other jurisdictions to reduce barriers to trade within Canada. The report also advocates pressure on the federal government to impose free trade within Canada.

“Interprovincial barriers to trade for all types of drive increase construction costs and stay in the way of good, well-paid construction work that is essential to Alberta’s recovery and that of the across Canada, ”said Paul de Jong, President of the CPA in a statement. “Albertans and their neighboring provinces will be beneficial when the provinces agree to remove artificial barriers to training, diplomas and mobility of skilled labor, as well as excluding local rental provisions that add paperwork and stifle productivity and opportunity. ”

The CPA is to call on the government of Alberta to prioritize the recommendation of three and urge neighboring provinces to follow suit.

“The free movement of goods and people is a no-brainer,” added de Jong. “Alberta can no longer afford the barriers and restrictions that hinder economic growth. Now is the time to open the doors so that Alberta builders can do what they do best: building this province of the future and creating good, well-paying jobs for Albertans. ”

The group’s 68-page Just Report, promised by the PCU government, includes 25 recommendations based on consultations with thousands of Albertans.

Darrel Reid, the PCA of the Vice President, Public Affairs, explained the provincial strain of barriers to members of the association.

“Things like equalization reform and interprovincial trade are certainly important to our members,” he says. “Recently in Saskatchewan they adopted a series of local rental arrangements which sounded muted, but our local rental businesses all the time. These exclude companies from introducing other teams and experts. If you have a company that operates in different provinces, not being able to choose your optimal crew is a problem and it is expensive. ”

Reid added that disparate labor standards, engineering, certifications and different accreditation for the skilled trades can also cause headaches.

“These are all useless from our point of view and very expensive,” said Reid. “And the people who pay the price in the end are the taxpayer. Reducing barriers to interprovincial trade is a no-brainer. Canadians are paying the price, and, during this time of COVID-19 challenges and a downturn in the economy, the last thing we need is a heavy regulatory burden. ”

Reid attacked B. C.’s Community Benefits Agreement (ACA) policy as a major obstacle.

“Prime Minister John Horgan’s exclusion from the ABC scheme, which basically compels companies to accept a model work environment, is a drag on many companies – certainly for those outside the province.”

Reid said the PCA will support the Alberta government on interprovincial trade and provide expertise if needed.

“All we can do to push this important file forward,” he said. “We think Jason Kenney is putting money where his mouth is, and we are going to get behind it as much as we can.”

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