The Vancouver Regional Construction Association (VRCA) joins the Canadian Construction Association (CCA) in appealing to all parties involved in the Trans Mountain project to come together to negotiate an acceptable path forward.
The August 30 ruling by the Federal Court of Appeals’ to quash the Trans Mountain expansion project is a blow to investor and public confidence in Canada.
“We’re disappointed the pipeline expansion project is now in limbo and are concerned for the jobs of the 5,000 men and women who were expecting to be working on the project by mid-2019,” said Fiona Famulak, VRCA president. “We encourage all parties to come together to get this project back on track and are heartened by the Prime Minister’s recent statements about working collaboratively on a way forward.
“At the same time, in order to allow future key infrastructure projects to proceed without delay, our engagement processes must be addressed and ground rules established and adhered to regarding what constitutes sufficient consultation. We need that clarity and transparency in order to protect the global reputation of Canada as a safe and secure place to invest and do business.”
VRCA and CCA have long advocated for sustainable development, recognizing the need to balance environmental and economic considerations in the decision-making process. The court’s decision has put Canada’s reputation with the Canadian and international business communities at risk.
“We are asking the federal government to take the necessary actions to address the issues that led to that decision to move forward collaboratively with the Trans Mountain expansion project,” said Mary Van Buren, CCA’s president.
The construction industry is a significant contributor to the Canadian economy, and the construction industry is committed to working with the federal government and stakeholders to advance this Canadian infrastructure project that will generate significant economic opportunity and benefits for all Canadians.
In order to attract these kinds of major projects, the federal government must create a climate of confidence in Canada, based on predictable and comprehensive approval and inclusive consultation processes.