Concrete Industry Wants Municipal Projects Prioritized

Heads of Canada's cement and concrete industry are calling on the federal government to prioritize construction and strategic infrastructure spending to help boost Canada's economic recovery from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. In 2019, the building materials and construction industries contributed $157 billion in economic activity representing 7.9 per cent of Canada's overall GDP. The industry group submitted a seven-point declaration entitled, 'Building a Successful Economic Recovery in Canada,' which highlights the weakened financial state of Canada's municipalities and the need for the federal government to absorb a greater share of the cost of infrastructure projects in communities across Canada. The declaration says the government should put the construction sector at the core of the 'COVID-19 Economic Recovery Plan.' "The cement and concrete industry is responsible for the employment of over 158,000 Canadians and annual economic activity in excess of $76 billion," says Michael McSweeney, president and CEO of the Cement Association of Canada. "Our products are local and are produced in virtually every community across the country. We are in a great position to give Canada's economy an economic boost and help carry on the good work of building a more resilient country."