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  • Register today for the 2014 SCA Summer Meeting

    The 2014 SCA Summer Meeting registration is officially open. This annual event is a great place for members to meet, network and enjoy some time out of the office. This year we have enhanced the agenda based on feedback we received from previous attendees.

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  • President's Blog - Beware the Busters

    Saskatchewan's economy is growing. Our population is at record levels and increasing monthly. People are working, receiving better compensation, and enjoying a quality of life that is unparalleled in our provincial history. The provincial budget is balanced, taxes are relatively low, and we're busy building the infrastructure needed to sustain this growth. Every way you look at it, it is good to be in Saskatchewan. But wait...something wicked this way comes...

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  • New Building Canada Fund Open for Business

    The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, launched the New Building Canada Fund on March 28, 2014. The New Building Canada Fund, a key element of the $53 billion New Building Canada Plan, supports infrastructure projects of national, regional and local significance that promote job creation, economic growth, and productivity. It is the largest and longest federal infrastructure plan in our nation's history.

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  • President's Blog - WCB - Failing to Measure Up

    The Workers' Compensation Board (WCB) was created to mitigate the employer risk of catastrophic injury, and to provide guaranteed protection to the injured worker. It is, in effect, a no-fault insurance program. The framework for this workplace injury insurance program is created in legislation by the provincial government, and is founded on what is known as the Meredith principles. These five principles were first presented by Sir William Meredith in 1913, and are the cornerstone of our injury insurance program.

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  • President's Blog - Workforce Training - Solving Yesterday's Problems Tomorrow

    I regularly speak to SCA members who raise concerns about their challenge to recruit or sub-contract skilled and experienced tradespeople. "There aren't enough ______ (insert trade name here)- why can't _______ (insert training institute name here) train more of them?" is a common question. The simple answer? We're too slow.

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  • March Board Meeting Outcomes

    The SCA Board of Directors met on Thursday, March 6, 2014, in Davidson. The full-day meeting is one of at least four throughout the year. The meetings are structured to ensure that the Board is updated on key files, and that they have opportunity to provide strategic direction and oversight. The Board consists of representatives from the SCA's five integrated partner Boards: Saskatchewan Heavy Construction Association; Saskatoon Construction Association; Regina Construction Association; Prince Albert Construction Association; and Moose Jaw Construction Association. In addition to the seven members from these associations, the Board includes three representatives from the Advisory Council, and two Board members elected at-large.

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  • SCA Announces Partnership with Imagine Immigration + Consulting Services

    The Saskatchewan Construction Association (SCA) is excited to announce their recent partnership with Imagine Immigration + Consulting Services (Imagine). The partnership was formed out of a need for foreign skilled workers to fill Saskatchewan's current labour shortage. The partnership supports SCA members in workforce development.

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  • 2014 SCA Membership Roster and Buyer's Guide

    In keeping with our commitment to be an active voice of the construction industry and to offer our members added benefits, we are pleased to announce the opportunity for our members to advertise in the up coming 2014 SCA Membership Roster and Buyer's Guide.

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  • New Building Canada Fund details unveiled

    The newly released details surrounding the New Building Canada Fund (NBCF) will ensure that applications will be accepted beginning April 1, which is welcome news for the country's construction industry. "It's good news all around from our perspective because it gives every opportunity for this New Building Canada Plan and the New Building Canada Fund to go full bore in the very first year," said Michael Atkinson, president of the Canadian Construction Association (CCA).

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  • Skills Link Program

    In response to requests from our industry partners and members to offer programs designed to encouraged youth participation in the trades, the SCA has accessed funding from Human Resources and Career Development Canada (known as Skills Link funding) to offer training and employer support for a youth trades employment program.

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  • Summer Internship Program

    The SCA Industry Workforce Development Division recruits graduating high school students from high schools in Regina and surrounding areas for a six week summer internship. Students are chosen for the program in a variety of career trades with the purpose of integrating graduating high school students directly into the construction trade industry.

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  • Smarten Up! Making the Smart Choice For a Career

    The economics of education have changed. In many instances there is no longer the business case to support the time and financial investment required to obtain a university degree. What once was a "smart" choice, no longer looks that smart in the face of the opportunity the construction trades presents when it comes to job availability, speed of training, and earning potential.

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  • SCA Achievement Award Recipient - Jason Zorn

    The Apprenticeship Awards Ceremony and Banquet on Friday, October 4th celebrated success in the skilled trades. Newly certified journeypersons and additional honourable achievements were presented at the celebration.

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  • SCA Online Membership Database Now Accessible to Members

    The SCA is very pleased to announce that the online Membership Roster is active and accessible to our members. You can access the entire SCA membership information anywhere with your computer or smartphone.

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  • President's Blog - Saskatchewan's Lost Decade

    Saskatchewan's Lost Decade - Sub-Optimal Productivity is not NEET. In Saskatchewan today, we all spend a lot of time talking about the labour shortage we have. Nowhere is this problem more directly felt than in the existing skills and experience gap we have in the construction industry. We all know there is not enough workers with the right mix of skills and abilities. We simply don't have enough people living in Saskatchewan to do all of the work that needs to be done.

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  • Service Canada/SINP Hosting Immigration Sessions

    The Saskatchewan Ministry of the Economy Immigration Services and Service Canada will be briefing Saskatchewan employers on changes to the federal LABOUR MARKET OPINION process. Saskatchewan employers recruiting foreign skilled workers through either the Temporary Foreign Worker program or the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program are encouraged to attend these presentations.

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  • Saskatchewan's Construction Industry Prepares for Shift in Workforce

    BuildForce Canada - Saskatchewan (Feb. 20 2014) - Skilled labour requirements over the coming decade are changing, requiring many of the workers recruited over the last several years to stay on for major new projects, according to BuildForce Canada. The 2014 - 2023 Construction and Maintenance Looking Forward forecast released today by BuildForce Canada shows construction activity and employment growth slows, but stays well above historical levels. Major resource projects that drove construction employment to a record high in 2013 come to completion, signaling some shift in the labour force away from big projects and housing. A large segment of the workforce will be employed in commercial and institutional building, where there is steady growth.

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  • Skills gap still top of mind for Canadian workers

    CNW - Addressing the skills gap continues to be top of mind with Canadian workers, according to a new study (released in February) by Ipsos-Reid on behalf of Randstad Canada. In fact, more than nine-in-ten (91.2%) of working Canadians say they feel that the skills shortage/skills gap will continue to be an issue of importance in Canada in 2014.

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