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  • Premier Names New Deputy Premier and New Finance Minister

    Today, May 21, at Government House in Regina, Premier Brad Wall announced a reorganization of government ministries. Congratulations to Honourable Don McMorris, Deputy Premier, and Honourable Kevin Doherty, Minister of Finance, who replace retiring Minister, Ken Krawetz. More congratulations to Honourable Scott Moe, Minister of Advanced Education, Honourable Jim Reiter who adds Minister responsible for SaskTel to his current duties, and new Minister Herb Cox, who enters cabinet for the first time as Minister of Environment and Minister responsible for SaskWater and the Water Security Agency. The SCA would like to extend a sincere thank you to those members leaving cabinet for their service to the province.

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  • Summary of the Fourth Session of the 27th Legislative Assembly

    The 10-week spring session of the Saskatchewan Legislature adjourned for the summer on Thursday, May 14th. The government tabled a balanced Budget in March, which didn't receive much attention as the news headlines quickly turned to the announcement by the government to make stripping illegal in bars once again.

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  • Latest Building Permit and Labour Market Reports now Available

    Despite a decline in building permit issuance in Saskatchewan during the first two months of 2015, March saw a significant increase with the value of building permits totalling $127 million - this is up 12% from the first quarter of 2014. The value of non-residential and residential building permits issued by local governments in Saskatchewan during the first quarter of 2015 was $518 million, a 2% increase from the first quarter of 2014.

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  • President's Blog - The Winds of Change: Positive Momentum through Priority Saskatchewan

    It's been a while since I wrote a blog post, and part of the reason is how quickly things have been changing on the largest policy file we're dealing with these days. I'm talking about procurement. In my last post I started making the case for moving away from low price awards. At the SCA, we've been making the case that government should adopt a "best value" approach to awarding contracts. My plan was to do a series of posts on this topic...and then the world changed.

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  • Think Construction Career Snapshot - Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan

    In late April, the Saskatchewan Construction Association was part of an exciting new event- the Think Construction Career Snapshot, organized by the Prairie South School Division in partnership with the SCA, TradeUp Saskatchewan, C&S Builders, Saskatchewan Construction Safety Association (SCSA), and Moose Jaw Construction Association. The aim of this event was to provide grades ten to twelve students with a practical learning experience in careers in the construction skilled trades such as masonry, carpentry and electrical work. This hands-on learning experience was provided through concurrent interactive sessions where students were able to build a brick veneer wall, construct a garden shed, learn about construction safety apparatus, and so on.

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  • CCA - 2015 Federal Budget Summary

    On April 21, the Harper government released its last budget before the October 19, 2015 federal election. The following is a summary of the measures of greatest interest to the construction sector.

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  • Staff Blog - Ireland-Poland Job Fair

    In March I had the opportunity to attend, on behalf of the SCA, job fairs in Ireland and Poland. The job fairs were held in Dublin and Cork Ireland as well as Warsaw Poland and organized through a company called WORKING ABROAD NEWCOMERS NETWORK (WANN). Saskatchewan's Immigration Services - with the Ministry of the Economy - organized the Saskatchewan delegation and attended to lead and offer immigration support for new hires of Saskatchewan companies.

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  • Latest Building Permit and Labour Market Reports now Available

    The value of non-residential building permits is still down - 21% from $166 million in the first two months of 2014. These declines can be seen in the commercial, industrial and institutional non-residential sectors. Building permits in Regina saw a 13% decline in the first two months of 2015, while building permits in Saskatoon saw a 23% decline in January and February. This downward trend is expected to persist into the summer months.

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  • Staff Blog - Implementing Innovation in Organizations

    Marlys Wasylyniuk, the SCA's Manager of Workforce Development, attended a one-hour workshop session on Implementing Innovation in Organizations on March 25. This thought-provoking and forward thinking session was put on by an organization called InnovationOne.

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