As all of you are painfully aware the start of this construction season has been dismal to say the least. With City and Provincial budgets being put on hold or cut, our industry is headed for a “Perfect Storm”.
The City of Winnipeg's budget award process has been nothing short of appalling; the change in the federal government and its infrastructure budget priorities are still unclear; and we have a new provincial government which while in the throes of reviewing the fiscal situation it is in, has cut the highway program by $50 million - 10% - and has apparently stalled further tenders pending review.
In response here is what we have done, are doing, and are going to do:
We have had countless meetings with the City, since early in the year - Councillors and Administration - urging them to tender additional work AND to finally address its budget approvals, design, allocation and tender and award process, which is so bureaucratic it ensures failure;
We will appear before the Infrastructure Renewal and Public Works Committee on Tuesday, June 28, 2016 to press our messages;
At the provincial level we have had numerous discussions with Manitoba Infrastructure (MI), including a meeting yesterday, another one scheduled for Monday, June 27, and a meeting of the MHCA Board and past Chairs with Minister Pedersen on June 29, 2016
We are also developing potential message releases, social media for early next week.
The MHCA is making every effort to bring this urgent matter to the attention of all politicians and the general public.
In the meantime, we would also ask each member, if comfortable, to make the case that our industry is facing a perfect storm - which, if left unresolved, will result in devastating results for the Manitoba economy as companies are:
· laying-off workers;
· not hiring at all;
· have no work beyond 6 weeks; and
· leaving Manitoba and searching for work in other provinces.
I would urge all of you to:
· Contact the Mayor and Councillors before Tuesday’s City Hall meeting.
· Consider contacting the Premier, Ministers and government MLAs with your concern of the imminent catastrophe heading for our industry.
To assist with the above, see attached contact information.
The messages need not be polished. They do need to be direct.
If you have any other suggestions, feel free to submit them.
Chris Lorenc, B.A., LL.B.,
Manitoba Heavy Construction Association (MHCA) & Western Canada Roadbuilders &
Heavy Construction Association (WCR&HCA)
THIS WAS AN EMAIL/LETTER SENT ON FRIDAY JUNE 24, 2016 BY CHRIS LORENC THE PRESIDENT OF THE MANITOBA HEAVY CONSTRUCTION ASSOCIATION TO THEIR MEMBERSHIP, CONFIRMING THE STATUS OF THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY TODAY.
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Standing Committee: Infrastructure Renewal and Public Works
Tuesday June 28 @ 9:00 am in the North Committee Board Room- City Hall 510 Main Street Winnipeg, Manitoba.
ARE YOU TIRED OF OUR CITY’S CRUMBLING ROADS? RIGHT NOW THE CITY OF WINNIPEG IS GETTING SOME OF THE BEST PRICING ON ROAD CONTRACTS IN RECENT MEMORY. HI, I’M RUSS WYATT. LAST WEEK I MOVED A MOTION AT COUNCIL TO GET THESE CONTRACT DOLLARS BACK INTO MORE ROAD RENEWAL WORK. HOWEVER, MAYOR BOWMAN, SHUT DOWN THE DEBATE ON THE MOTION. BUT WE CANNOT GIVE UP. ON TUESDAY, JUNE 28TH, AT THE PUBLIC WORKS COMMITTEE, WE WILL BE PUSHING TO GET THESE DOLLARS BACK INTO ROAD REPAIRS. JOIN THE CAMPAIGN AT FIX WINNIPEG.COM AND SIGN OUR ON-LINE PETITION.
This is the motion that was put forth at the City Council Meeting on June 15, 2016, and was referred to the Standing Policy Committee of IRPW.
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The IRPW is Winnipeg's committee on Infrastructure Renewal and Public Works.
This Committee is responsible for the Transit and Public Works departments. A list of role responsibilities can be found in section 63(1) of the City of Winnipeg Charter. The Standing Policy Committee on Infrastructure Renewal and Public Works meets monthly, and meetings can be attended by the public, or viewed on your computer through a live stream.
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