By Anthony Capkun
June 8, 2020 – The National Trade Contractors Council of Canada is calling on all trade contractors to write to their local MPs to encourage the federal government to support the construction sector.
Due to COVID-19, NTCCC says trade contractors across Canada are concerned that decreased productivity and a reduction in available labour will cause delays on projects. They are also concerned that the increase in costs from lower productivity and meeting new health & safety operating protocols will have a significant, negative impact on their businesses.
The federal government has an important role to play in setting an example, says NTCCC, by show-ing flexibility on timelines and other contract terms, as well as providing financial relief on projects tendered before the pandemic to ensure liquidity of the construction industry.
“We need to make sure that businesses that are continuing their work are doing so in a safe manner that promotes the health of workers,” says NTCCC. “We also need to make sure that continuing work does not lead to undue financial hardship for trade contractors.”
The council has provided letter-writing links below that allow you to send a pre-written, personalized letter to your Member of Parliament, and the Minister of Public Services and Procurement Canada, urging them to take action.
“It will take about a minute to fill out, and will greatly assist our advocacy efforts,” adds NTCCC.
— Thanks for the tip, ECAA.