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NTCCC asks you to support construction cost relief for trade contractors


June 8, 2020
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.”

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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.

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1 Comment » for NTCCC asks you to support construction cost relief for trade contractors
  1. Tim Beerda says:

    I think the greater concern, is the supply chain, and increasing material costs. It has become more challenging to source certain materials, the government needs to pressure manufacturers to keep up with the demand and ensure a reliable supply chain. This may mean manufacturing more materials in Canada, which the government should strongly encourage. Contractors are expected to maintain schedules, and are bound to contracts which were priced pre COVID. We have the willingness and people to keep up, we just need the supply chain to follow suit.

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