Canadian Construction Association

Canadian Construction Association

May 08, 2008 10:15 ET

Canadian Construction Association Calls for Federal Support for Algonquin College Centre for Construction Trades and Building Sciences

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 8, 2008) - The Canadian Construction Association today strongly urged the federal and all other levels of government to commit the necessary funding for Algonquin College to move forward with its proposal for an Environmental Demonstration Centre for Construction Trades and Building Sciences. The proposal requires $69 million in funding that would create 600 new students spaces per year in construction trades training programs and become home to over 2,500 cross-disciplined students.

During an event held at Algonquin College's Woodroffe Campus, Paul Charette, Chairman of the Canadian Construction Association, Mike Sharp, Chairman of the Ottawa Construction Association, and Robert Gillett, President of Algonquin College, made the call for federal support for this initiative, as well as for the broader college sector in general.

"Given that the construction industry in Canada will need to recruit over 300,000 entrants to the labour force by 2016, and at a time when we are having to bring in thousands of immigrant workers to meet current labour needs, it is imperative that the federal government step up to the plate to provide much needed support to bolster capacity in the Canadian college system so that we can adequately train our domestic workforce," stated Paul Charette, Chairman of CCA. "Over the past decade, the federal government has invested significantly in the university system - the time has come to put funding for our college system on the same footing. Investment in Algonquin College's Centre for Construction Trades and Building Sciences would be an excellent show of such support", he added.

"With support from all levels of government we will be able to annually train hundreds of more workers and provide them with the necessary skills needed to succeed in the construction industry," said Robert Gillett, President of Algonquin College. "Upcoming large projects in the Ottawa area, such as the restoration of Parliament Hill and the proposed public transit expansion, indicate that this labour shortage must be addressed today."

The Canadian Construction Association is the voice of the national non-residential construction industry. It represents over 20,000 construction firms in an integrated structure of some 70 local and provincial construction associations. Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology is located in the Nation's Capital and the Ottawa Valley and is the fourth-largest college in Ontario. Algonquin College has a diverse population of nearly 16,000 full-time students and more than 39,000 part-time registrations in more than 140 programs, and is committed to student success.

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