Construction industry unhappy with new infrastructure rules

Feds look to boost diversity with Community Employment Benefits
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 07/30/2018

Employers in Canada’s construction industry are expressing concerns about the federal government’s new rules around infrastructure projects.

Recipients of federal funding for major new public infrastructure projects are now being asked to consider how their projects can create training and job opportunities for under-represented groups, and procurement opportunities for small to medium-sized and social enterprises in an effort to “pursue targeted efforts to contribute to the employment, economic and social benefits of the community.”

The Community Employment Benefits requirement is part of the $33-billion Investing in Canada bilateral agreements being signed between Infrastructure Canada and the provinces and territories.