Canadian Construction Association

Canadian Construction Association

October 13, 2005 10:15 ET

Canadian Construction Association Applauds Stephen Harper Plan for Trades Employment

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 13, 2005) - The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) today welcomed a plan unveiled by Conservative Leader Stephen Harper to promote growth in the skilled trades. The plan was made public by the Conservative Leader at an event earlier today in Hamilton, Ontario.

The plan released by the Conservative Leader calls for a three-pronged approach to promoting the skilled trades. These three parts include:

- The creation of an Apprentice Incentive Grant of $1000 to all
new apprentices in the first two years of an apprenticeship
- the creation of an Apprenticeship Job Creation tax credit for
employers who hire new apprentices in any qualifying field -
equivalent to 10% of the wages paid to apprentices in the first
two years of their contract;
- amending the small tools tax deduction to allow all employees
who must purchase tools as a condition of employment to fully
deduct the cost of tools under $500, and to claim the Capital
Cost Allowance on such tools costing more than $500.

Measures such as these have long been advocated by the Canadian Construction Association as key elements of a plan to increase the number of skilled tradespersons in Canada. For many construction firms, lack of skilled tradespeople is their top concern. Without adequate measures in place to attract greater numbers of skilled tradespeople, the Canadian economy will be unable to sustain long-term growth and expansion.

"Today's announcement by Mr. Harper is a positive step towards recognizing the importance and value that skilled tradespeople bring to the Canadian economy", stated Michael Atkinson, President of the Canadian Construction Association. "Such incentives - long promoted by CCA - will go a long way to convincing Canadians, particularly younger Canadians, that a career in the trades is a worthy pursuit. We hope that the other political parties will follow the lead of the Conservative Party in adopting these policies as part of their national platforms."

The Canadian Construction Association is the voice of Canada's largest industry. Representing interests of the non-residential sector of an industry that employs over 1 million Canadian men and women, and that produces $163 billion in goods and services, CCA is uniquely positioned to speak to the federal government on a wide range of issues.

Contact Information

  • Canadian Construction Association
    Michael Atkinson
    (613) 236-9455