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Hon. Nick McGrath announces $30 million of Early Tenders at HCANL AGM January 2014

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Minister of Transportation and Works, Hon. Nick McGrath announces $30,000,000.00 in Early Tenders.

The membership of the Heavy Civil Association of Newfoundland and Labrador invest millions on an annual basis in equipment, resources and maintenance of a skilled labour pool. As we all know skilled labour in particular is in short demand and sought after on both a provincial, national and international level.

With current spending patterns in the public sector there is a history of annual spending not being committed until after the provincial spring budget. This means significant portions of planned work does not get tendered until well into our “short” construction season.

Some provinces have streamlined infrastructure spending by putting in place a rolling multiyear plan and have released or committed to a portion of the Infrastructure budget in the late fall or early winter months. This can provide benefits and cost savings to government, contractors and the skilled labour pool within the province.
The HCANL has spent a lot of time working for its members (and total industry) for a multiyear plan and early tender calls which we believe will support…

Increased competition
Better planning
More informed Investment decisions
The ability to secure and maintain a company’s labour pool.
Helps to keep skilled labour working in our province.
Improved productivity in the spring and summer months.
All resulting in Lower prices for Public funded work.

At our AGM this January, our work was rewarded with Minister McGrath’s commitment and announcement.

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