OTTAWA, June 1, 2018 – The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) is surprised by the decision of the United States to impose tariffs on Canada for the import of steel and aluminum under section 232 of the Trade Act of 1962.
“The imposition of such tariffs will hurt the Construction industry, its workers and fundamentally all Canadians by raising prices for consumers and damaging competitiveness for business,” said Mary Van Buren, CCA’s president.
The CCA has long advocated for reciprocity and the establishment and maintenance of a free-flowing international system of trade, both in terms of goods as well as services. CCA supports international free trade agreements, including provisions respecting government procurement.
“A trade war will have a negative effect on citizens on both sides of the border, but CCA is pleased that the Canadian government has taken prompt and decisive action to defend our industry and its workers,” said Mary.
CCA is inviting both countries to go back to the table and come to an agreement that will re-establish what has always been a great trading relationship.
Canadian Construction Association (CCA) is the national voice for the construction industry in Canada representing over 20,000 member firms in an integrated structure of some 63 local and provincial construction associations. Construction employs close to 1.4 million people and generates about $120 billion to the economy annually.