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February 2014

New Building Canada Plan Announced

ACEC President John Gamble was invited to attend the New Building Canada Plan announcement. Left to right: Mike Atkinson, Canadian Construction Association; Karen Renkema, Progressive Contractors Association of Canada; Prime Minister Stephen Harper; Darwin Durnie, Canadian Public Works Association; and John Gamble

The $53 billion New Building Canada Plan (NBCP) announced February 13 by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Minister of Infrastructure Denis Lebel is welcome news for consulting engineers and their clients. The announcement included the release of a policy framework for the $14 billion New Building Canada Fund, an important component of the NBCP. In total, the government has allocated $70 billion towards infrastructure renewal over the next ten years and will begin accepting applications April 1.

ACEC and the Canadian Construction Association (CCA) issued a joint press release indicating that the consulting engineering and construction sectors applaud the announcement and look forward to providing input to inform development of the NBCF terms and conditions, including an efficient application process for projects and P3s screen process.

ACEC and its stakeholder partners have invested significant time, energy and resources to promoting long-term infrastructure investment by the federal government. Over the course of this journey, we have worked closely with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, the Canadian Construction Association, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and Engineers Canada, to name a few.

Last October, ACEC welcomed over 35 representatives, from member firms, to Ottawa for the association’s annual Parliament Hill Day, the largest and most successful yet. ACEC representatives participated in over 65 meetings with parliamentarians to stress the urgency of launching the NBCP.

Since Parliament Hill Day, and leading up to the NBCP announcement, ACEC President John Gamble met with Minister Lebel’s office and the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).  Thanks to ACEC’s expertise, credibility and strong presence on Parliament Hill, the association clearly has the government’s attention on the critical issue of long-term infrastructure investment.

View the ACEC-CCA press release.

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