Monthly Archive:: February 2014

Harper announces New Building Canada Plan

Prime Minister Stephen Harper recently detailed the government’s New Building Canada Plan, announcing the roll out of the “largest and longest federal infrastructure plan in [Canada’s] history”.

Cool roofs can counteract the warming of urban sprawl

Cool and green roofs can play a key role in reducing global warming, according to a study from the National Academy of Sciences out of the US. Reported in Popular Mechanics, the study suggests roofs painted with reflected material or natural components can counteract the rise in warming caused a growing city’s architecture.

Industry panel: Youth integral to labour challenge

Labour Minister Kellie Leitch, Minister of Employment and Social Development Jason Kenney, and British Columbia Construction Association president Manley McLachlan are among the Canadian leaders coming out in support of youth trades awareness and training.

Minister confirms return to balanced budgets in 2015

Minister of Finance Jim Flaherty this month tabled Economic Action Plan 2014, which confirms that the government is on track to return to balanced budgets in 2015, with new measures that will create jobs and opportunities in an uncertain global economy.

Top safety tips for working at heights in construction

UK industry blog Constructonomics has released its Top Safety Tips for Working at Heights in Construction. The six tips encourage skilled workers to stay aware, stay educated, and keep up to date on all industry regulations. It reads: Working at height is still one of the largest causes of workplace accidents; in the year 2012-2013,

Government reducing red tape to help small and medium-sized enterprises grow

Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, Maxime Bernier, Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism, and Agriculture), and Tony Clement, President of the Treasury Board, recently outlined how the Government of Canada is eliminating red tape to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) expand and succeed at home and in new markets around the world.

Kenney stresses apprenticeship training

Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development and Minister for Multiculturalism, spoke with participants and instructors at the Labourers International Union of North America (LiUNA) this month about the Government of Canada’s support for skills training, including training for apprentices.

Proposed immigration system to work like “dating site” for talent and employers

The government has targeted January 2015 as the roll-out date for a new program designed to link skilled immigrants with unfilled Canadian jobs. Described as something akin to an online dating site, the system would see Ottawa playing a role in pairing immigrants seeking residence in Canada with Canadian employers looking for talent.

Ministry of Labour introduces new training standard for working at heights

Employers of people who work at heights now have a training standard that they can adopt to prevent falls and improve safety. The just-released Working at Heights Training Program Standard is intended for workers who use travel restraint systems, fall restricting systems, fall arrest systems, or safety nets.

February 11th budget to focus on jobs, business growth

Minister of Finance Jim Flaherty announced he will be tabling Economic Action Plan 2014 in the House of Commons on February 11, 2014. It’s predicted the budget will focus on creating jobs, building the economy, and lowering taxes.