It’s a thumbs up from Alberta’s construction industry for the provincial government’s latest budget.
Over the next four years, the NDP government has committed to spending roughly $4.5 billion on infrastructure.
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Jim Rivait is the CEO of the Alberta Roadbuilders & Heavy Construction Association. He told the Alberta Morning News that the promised infrastructure investment will yield direct results.
“This government has shown that they recognize that infrastructure creates jobs today, and promotes future economic growth in Alberta and that’s a good thing.”
However, he said there is still one big uncertainty for Alberta’s construction industry; and that’s what the federal government has planned.
“Some of these big projects take an awful lot of money.” said Rivait. “And we heard Edmonton’s mayor say that it’s important to coordinate among three orders of government when you’re putting the funding together for this. Sometimes it’s one that leads to the next, and leads to the next, and so on, so we’re keenly interested in what Minister [Bill] Morneau has to say next week.”
Rivait adds that with the downturn, there’s currently no shortage of available workers. (ms, Alberta Morning News)