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Support public and resource infrastructure; adopt QBS 

 

ACEC makes recommendations to federal government

Although Parliament recessed in June, ACEC continues to advocate for consulting engineering firms throughout the summer. Here are some highlights of our team’s activities in the past three months including ACEC’s recommendations to the Federal Finance Committee.

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ACEC submits recommendations to Federal Finance Committee

ACEC has made its annual recommendations to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance as part of the government’s pre-budget consultations for 2018. ACEC applauds the federal government’s commitment to infrastructure investment and believes that public infrastructure is a core business of government that enhances the economic, social and environmental quality of life of Canadians. However, ACEC also believes there is still much work to be done and has made the following recommendations on how government can most effectively” invest in infrastructure to create prosperity and to ensure the best value to Canadians: 

  1. Prioritize investments that enable economic prosperity, productivity and competitiveness
  2. Adopt Senate Recommendations to improve transparency in Federal Infrastructure Programs
  3. Implement National Corridors to accommodate multiple infrastructure assets
  4. Use procurement best practices (QBS) for quality, innovation and long-term life-cycle savings
  5. Harmonize federal and provincial approvals to reduce red tape and provide clarity

 

ACEC discusses infrastructure with Minister Sohi

ACEC President and CEO John Gamble and Director of Association Programs Martine Proulx have met with Federal Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi to further discuss the development and implementation of the government’s infrastructure plan as laid out in its last two Federal Budgets. The meeting was a successful with a frank discussion and a collaborative spirit. This candid and respectful relationship between ACEC and the Minister’s office helps ensure that the industry’s views continue to inform the government’s approach to infrastructure investment and the infrastructure bank.

Mr. Gamble applauded the government for its strong commitment to infrastructure investment and offered to work with the federal government and other stakeholders to ensure the success of the federal government’s ambitious plan. However, Mr. Gamble noted that some infrastructure investments have been slow to enter the economy. While ACEC is confident that the investments will be forthcoming, Mr. Gamble stressed to the Minister that for the government’s vision for infrastructure to be realized, the economic benefits of these investments are realized as soon as possible.

 

More activity coming this Fall

With Parliamentarians returning to work in September, ACEC is laying the ground work now for a busy fall. Our team is working to ensure the voice of consulting engineering is front and centre on issues that impact our sector – infrastructure investment, QBS, and the process for environmental assessments to name a few. Stay tuned to upcoming issues of Source for updates regarding our ongoing efforts to move the advocacy agenda forward.

We hope that you’ll join our efforts and participate in ACEC meetings with elected officials and decision-makers on Parliament Hill that will happen during the ACEC national leadership conference October 22nd to 24th. Learn more about the event here.

We are also encouraging members to educate Members of Parliament about consulting engineer and the impact it makes in their own communities by participating in ACEC’s Bring an MP to Work campaign. Learn about it here.