The Saskatchewan Construction Association has a message for candidates in the upcoming provincial and municipal elections.
Mark Cooper, president and CEO of the association, has outlined the top issues for the industry and what they will be looking for, including the priority for governments to support local.
He pointed out that when using taxpayers’ money, taxpayers should benefit and one way to make sure that happens is when an out-of-province company is awarded a project there should be an “after action” report to find out why and what can be done next time to ensure Saskatchewan companies are ready to do that work.
Cooper added that the provincial economy was struggling before COVID-19, which has had a direct impact on the construction industry because they are dependent on other sectors doing well, like manufacturing, oil and gas and agriculture.
When these sectors are doing well, there are more construction projects.
Three years ago, there were over 60,000 Saskatchewan workers in construction and now there are around 44,000.
More on the construction association’s list of priorities can be found here.