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CCA 2020
October 9, 2020

Canadian Construction Association statement on interprovincial trade barriers

The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) is urging all levels of government to support and enhance Canada’s economic recovery by maintaining a free-flowing system of trade and labour mobility between provinces.

CCA has long advocated that reciprocity and the free movement of construction materials, services and personnel within Canada are not only important underpinning principles of our federation but are essential elements of our national economy, a fact highlighted as COVID-19 continues to cause disruptions not only in critical supplies but in workforces as well.

“Some regions have been harder hit economically than others. But the solution is not to reflexively turn inward. Interprovincial trade barriers are inefficient, and do not support fair, transparent and competitive procurement processes,” said Mary Van Buren, president of CCA. “When we are facing one of the biggest challenges in our history, it is more important than ever that we stand united and work together.”

Infrastructure:  An investment in Canada and the communities Canadians live in

CCA members – 70 per cent of which are small and medium-sized, family-run businesses – are asking for a clear, balanced, fair and flexible national economic stimulus plan that includes significant investment in infrastructure.

CCA has been advocating for all levels of government to continue investing in important infrastructure projects in all regions of Canada and has been pressing the federal government to reduce red tape and ensure that tenders are issued efficiently.

The Canadian construction industry is ready, willing and able to partner with the Government of Canada and the Provinces to help our country re-build its economy and improve the quality of life of all Canadians.


Across Canada, CCA represents more than 20,000 member firms drawn from 63 local and provincial integrated partner associations. CCA gives voice to the public policy, legal and standards development goals of contractors, suppliers and allied business professionals working in, or with, Canada’s institutional, commercial and industrial (ICI) construction industry.

The construction sector is one of Canada’s largest employers and a major contributor to the country’s economic success. The industry, 70 per cent of which is made up of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), employs more than 1.5 million Canadians and contributes 7 per cent towards Canada’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).