ICBA ECONOMICS: Canada’s ‘Productivity Emergency’

By Jock Finlayson, ICBA Chief Economist Earlier this year, the Senior Deputy Governor of the Bank of Canada took the unusual step of publicly referring to Canada’s stagnant productivity as an “emergency.” And recently, Bank of Canada Governor Tiff Macklem reinforced...


ICBA Chief Economist Jock Finlayson has just released a mid-year update on economic conditions in Canada, with a specific focus on British Columbia and Alberta. The analysis is sobering. By most measures of economic performance, Canada has been losing ground relative...

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TRAINING THURSDAY: WorkSafeBC New First Aid Regulations PresentationKerry and Jordan discuss ICBA Training’s latest free webinar.WorkSafeBC New First Aid Regulations PresentationTuesday, July 30, 2024 | 1-145PM | FREEicbatraining.arlo.co/w/courses/559-worksafebc-new-first-aid-regulations-presentationMissed this one? Check out icba.ca/coursesAre you prepared for the upcoming changes to the First Aid regulations? Join us for an information-packed presentation from Glenn Russell with WorkSafeBC where you will be provided with an up-to-date overview of the changes.This session is tailored for the construction industry and will cover the major changes to First Aid regulations effective November 1st, 2024, with a focus on the updated training requirements for First Aid attendants. The goal of this presentation is to help employers assess and determine the correct first aid systems for their workplaces. Due to the diverse nature of first-aid assessments, this presentation will not provide a case study or an assessment template. However, all necessary information can be found in the new First Aid guidelines. We strongly recommend that all employers thoroughly review these guidelines to address any questions about the new regulations well ahead of the effective date. ... See MoreSee Less
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Amazing to see Pierre Poilievre tour three great ICBA members over the past two days -- Garibaldi Glass, Lark Group and Orion Construction.Pierre spent quite a bit of time at each location, meeting workers and hearing their concerns about Canada, affordability, crime, and other issues.Thanks Conservative Party of Canada - Parti conservateur du Canada for making this happen! Let's bring it home! ... See MoreSee Less
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WELLNESS WEDNESDAY #158: Beating the Heat Summer is here and (after months and months of B.C. rain) it’s glorious. But it can also make sleeping and being comfortable difficult. So let’s throw out a few tips to making it through a heat wave.Air conditioning is a start – if you don’t have one, find public places where you can go and cool down. If you have a downstairs/basement, hang out there. But if not, here are four other ways MedicineNet suggests to beat the heat:🚿 Water is your best friend: Fill buckets or basins and soak your feet. Wet towels and bandannas can have a cooling effect when worn on the shoulders or head. Take cool showers or baths, and consider using a spray bottle filled with cold water for refreshing spritzes throughout the day. 💧 Drink it too: Consume more water – and replace electrolytes if you’re sweating.❄️ MacGyver yourself homemade "air conditioning" system: Sit in the path of a box fan that is aimed at an open cooler, or pan filled with ice.🍳 Eliminate extra sources of heat. Incandescent light bulbs can generate unnecessary heat, as can computers or appliances left running. Eat fresh foods that do not require you to use the oven or stove to prepare.Hang in there! ---------Each week, ICBA’s Jordan Bateman reflects on what we’ve learned as we participate in ICBA’s Workplace Wellness Program. ICBA’s Workplace Wellness Program is helping more than 100 companies and more than 10,000 construction professionals better understand mental health. This program is free for all ICBA members – check out icba.ca/wellness for details. ... See MoreSee Less
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The next Prime Minister of Canada, Pierre Poilievre, visited ICBA member Garibaldi Glass this morning and spoke with more than 100 workers (along with Garibaldi leadership and ICBA's Chris Gardner). His message was right up our alley:🪓 Axe the tax🏡 Build the homes 💰 Fix the budget👮‍♂️ Stop the crimeGreat to hear the common sense of the Conservative Party of Canada - Parti conservateur du Canada! ... See MoreSee Less
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