Monthly Archive:: November 2013

Former CRCA president Wilf Currie to retire

Wilf Currie, sales and BUR manager with Vicwest Corporation and former CRCA president (2001-2002) announced his impending retirement. After 46 years of service with Vicwest, Currie will leave his post on December 31, concluding a decades-long career that has seen the industry veteran take on various roles within the company.

What is a resilient roof system?

Maybe you’ve heard the term “resilient” or “resiliency” used for buildings recently. The term is being used in the wake of recent natural disasters as a performance objective for commercial, industrial and residential construction. Resiliency, loosely defined, is the ability of a building to withstand extreme weather events and remain habitable and useful.

Industry support for Bill C-201 grows

On October 31, Parliament opened an important debate on Bill C-201, which proposes a tax credit that would help construction workers cover their travel costs when relocating temporarily to take on short-term construction jobs.

Roof structures key in designing storm-resistant buildings

Is it possible to design buildings that can withstand 250 MPH typhoon winds? This the question at the core of a new Fast Company magazine article discussing the costs and logistics associated with protecting homes and other structures from extreme weather damage, with a focus on roofing materials and resiliency strategies. Based on Typhoon Haiyan’s

Editorial: Why does Ontario delay on prompt payment?

Daily Commercial News recently invited Hugh Laird, executive director of the Interior Systems Contractors Association of Ontario, to share his thoughts on the progress of Bill 69, the Prompt Payment Act.

Changes revealed for Canadian Experience Class

Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced changes to the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) designed to help the program continue to attract top quality candidates.

CRCA welcomes Choice Hotels to affinity program

CRCA members have more ways to save thanks to the association’s newest affinity partner, Choice Hotels. The partnership allows CRCA members and their employees to save up to 20 per cent on nightly rates at popular brands such as Comfort, Quality and Econo Lodge Hotels.

First Nations critical to Canada’s talent shortage

First Nation workers can – and will – play a critical role in addressing Canada’s skilled trades shortage, according to speakers at the 55th Annual Convention of the Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario.

Minister Kenney fields criticism over Canada Job Grant

Employment Minister Jason Kenney met with provincial and territorial labour ministers in November to discuss concerns over the government’s Canada Job Grant program, a federal initiative that provides funding to train unemployed workers who are not eligible for employment insurance.

CCA Awards open for nominations

The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) national awards program is now accepting nominations for its 2013 awards, to be presented at the 96th CCA Annual Conference being held next year in Panama.