The Low-Down on Construction – March 19, 2019

Last week I wrote about the Saskatchewan Business Council launching a study to determine the effects that inclusion of PST has had on the construction sector.

So what is the Saskatchewan Business Council?

The Saskatchewan Business Council (SBC) is made of up different industry leaders including construction, mining, hospitality & hotels, home builders, Chambers of Commerce, and others who want to work together supporting a growing province. This coalition of associations that serve the business community has identified four priority areas for the coming year:

  • Impact of PST on Construction Services – changes to what the PST is applied to have influenced the construction sector, but to what extent? The SBC’s study on the impact of PST on construction services will provide both industry and government with data on which to make informed decisions.
  • Workforce Development – what are the employment trends Saskatchewan is seeing and how can we prepare workers to meet the province’s needs in the future?
  • Federal Legislation – what are the impacts that federal legislation is having on Saskatchewan, including agricultural policy, and Bill C-69’s effect on the resource sector.
  • Development of the next Provincial Growth Plan –for almost 15 years now Saskatchewan has seen tremendous growth thanks in part to provincial growth plans that have set benchmarks to success. The SBC plans to work more closely with our provincial government to update the plan to grow the province.

I am proud of the work that MERIT Contractors does every day for our members, by advocating for open shop values.   And now MERIT’s leadership is being called upon to help the construction sector through an undeniably tough time, as we spearhead the study on the PST.

Stay tuned for updates on our study, and final recommendations.