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  • Latest Building Permit and Labour Market Reports now Available

    While the value of building permits declined in the residential sector in May, the value of non-residential building permits totalled $109 million, an increase from $101 million in 2014. Likewise, the commercial, industrial and institutional categories of non-residential building permits showed significant increases in May.

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  • Construction Productivity 101: Thinking Outside the Box

    Requests from session speakers are usually about the same - pens, paper, water on the tables, but I have never been asked to supply a cardboard box before! I hoped the speaker didn't intend to leap out of the box and surprise the attendees. This was my first year at an SCA Summer Meeting in Elk Ridge, and I could not afford to look silly before I had even begun. In fact, Kevin Erickson specifically asks for a box as part of his Construction Productivity 101 session, in which he encourages the audience to see from one another's perspective. In other words, Kevin gets his audience thinking outside of the box.

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  • Full Members - We're coming for You!

    Fear not, it's not as ominous as it sounds. As you may be aware, part of the Saskatchewan Construction Association's mission states that our focus is to create extraordinary value for our members, our partners, and our sponsors through advocacy, industry workforce development, and member services. What better way to do that than to sit down and talk to our members, one on one?

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  • Register Now for Construction Productivity 101 - Space is Limited

    The Saskatchewan Construction Association, together with the Regina Construction Association, Saskatoon Construction Association, and the Saskatchewan Heavy Construction Association, is offering members the opportunity to attend Go Productivity's Construction Productivity 101 in one of two locations - Regina (September 15), or Saskatoon (September 16).

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  • Latest Building Permit and Labour Market Reports now Available

    April was a particularly weak month for non-residential permits. The value of permits totalled $77 million to bring the total for the first four months to $336 million. The compares with permits of $125 million in April 2014, which was an above-average month, and a year-to-date total of $355 million. The decline in the first four months on 2015 was evident in both the residential (-8%) and the non-residential sector (-5%).

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  • Thank you for your support of the SCA 2015 Annual Summer Meeting

    SCA's 2015 Annual Summer Meeting took place on the 4th, 5th and 6th of June, 2015, at Elk Ridge Resort, Waskesiu Lake. The event, themed 'Life is better at the Beach', provided SCA members with the opportunity to meet, network, attend sessions, and enjoy some time out of the office. Over 190 people attended the Summer Meeting this year. The event's agenda was tailored to suit the interests of all our attendees, with afternoon activities ranging from golfing to fishing, a relaxing boat tour of Hanging Hearts Lakes and a wine pairing event, among other fun activities.

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  • REGISTER NOW - SaskPower Supplier Sessions

    SaskPower would like to take this opportunity to announce two upcoming supplier sessions being held in Regina on Wednesday, June 24. A Supplier Information Session will be held in the morning and a Supplier Performance Management Training Session will be held in the afternoon. Registration is required.

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  • President's Blog - Priority Saskatchewan - Who Evaluates the Evaluators? Part One

    Far too much of my life is spent asking and answering questions like the one in the title of this blog post. Who evaluates the evaluators? Questions like this make my head hurt. I like asking them even less than I like answering them, because I know the kind of work I'm really asking someone to do when I ask them questions like this. That being said, it is a critically important question, and I'm not the only person asking it.

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  • WCB Excess Investment Surplus Distribution - Member Feedback Wanted

    Please take the time to read the following consultation request from the WCB regarding its excess investment surplus distribution for 2015. The WCB, and the SCA would like your feedback on the following informatin. The WCB has released its 2014 Annual Report and has conducted its Annual General Meetings (AGMs) for the year ended December 31, 2014. The WCB reported a comprehensive income of $97.7 million and a funded position of 132.2 percent, driven by excess investment returns. The 132.2 percent funded position is 12.2 percent higher than required by the WCB funding policy. Under its funding policy it is required to return the excess surplus to employers over a period not exceeding 5 years.

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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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  • 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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