2022

Save the Date: See you in Waikiki!

The Western Canadian Roadbuilders & Heavy Construction Association (WCR&HCA) are heading to Waikiki in February 2023! Mark your calendars and plan to attend this amazing event in paradise. More information will be released throughout 2022.

Upcoming SHCA Golf Tournaments

Save the dates for SHCA’s upcoming golf tournaments! North South Thursday, May 26, 2022Elk Ridge ResortWaskesiu, Sask.(Accommodations available from May 25-27) Thursday, August 18, 2022Wascana Golf & Country ClubRegina, Sask.

Think BIG: TV Star?

Mandy Rennehan, known as the Blue Collar CEO™ and who was a keynote speaker at SHCA’s 2019 Annual Convention, has a new TV show on HGTV. The intro to the new show features a magazine familiar to SHCA’s members – Think BIG makes its television debut as the cover of the Q1 2020 edition showcasing […]

Southeast College Seeking Instructor for the Heavy Equipment Operator Program

Southeast College is accepting applications from well qualified candidates for an instructor position of the heavy equipment operator program in Estevan, Sask. View the posting and submit your application directly to Southeast College.

Canada’s Workers’ Compensation Boards should return over $5 billion in excess funds

The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is calling on workers’ compensation boards (WCBs) across Canada to rebate surplus funds back to small business owners. According to CFIB’s latest research snapshot, Workers’ Compensation and Surplus Distributions: A Small Business Perspective, seven provincial and territorial boards are in an over-funded position, meaning boards have exceeded their desired funding target. […]

Shovel Ready to Shovel Worthy

Canada can continue to spend on infrastructure that members like you build and maintain.  But investing in infrastructure that supports trade would be a better use of that money and a new report by the Canada West Foundation explains why. The report is titled From Shovel Ready to Shovel Worthy. Several industry and trade groups […]

Reacting to the 2022–23 Provincial Budget

Like you, I am concerned about what the provincial budget for 2022–23 DID NOT contain for work during this budget year.   With the spring tender now out, it has been confirmed that there is no money for new projects. Virtually all the work available from the Highways ministry has already been tendered.  I don’t […]

Save the Date: See you in Waikiki!

The Western Canadian Roadbuilders & Heavy Construction Association (WCR&HCA) are heading to Waikiki in February 2023! Mark your calendars and plan to attend this amazing event in paradise. More information will be released throughout 2022.

Congratulations to SHCA’s Annual Award Winners!

Congratulations to the recipients of SHCA’s annual awards; winners received their award during SHCA’s Annual Convention, which took place earlier this month in Saskatoon.

Construction Working Minds Summit

The Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention (CIASP), United Suicide Survivors International and Johnson Depression Center are hosting the Construction Working Minds Summit on May 17–18, 2022 in Denver, Colorado. The Summit aims to bring the national community of construction mental health and suicide prevention together and build community; to share lessons learned from each […]

THINK: The Future of Work, Technology and Learning Conference 2022

Three years ago, no one could have predicted that we were just months away from the most disruptive event in modern history – the global COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has been a catalyst for tremendous change in everyone’s lives. It has disrupted the way we work and how we teach and learn. It also reminds us […]

WCR&HCA Planning for In-person

Who else is ready to get together to talk business as well as socialize with others in our industry? If your answer is yes, I can tell you that you are not alone and that feeling is being felt across Western Canada.  From what those with the Western Canadian Roadbuilders and Heavy Construction Association (WCR&HCA) […]

SHCA Annual Convention – It’s almost here!

The SHCA Annual Convention is taking place April 7–8, 2022 at the Delta Hotels Bessborough in Saskatoon. SHCA has secured a special room rate of $154 per night at the Delta Hotels Bessborough; book your room now if you have not already done so. Sponsorships are still available – contact Jennie Avram for more information. Book your group rate for the […]

Winter Weights Removed and Spring Weight Restrictions Begin

This is the time of year when truckers and shippers must begin reducing loads on secondary highways in Saskatchewan. All secondary highways return to regulation weights, which will help prevent damage to these roads this spring. “At various times of the year, weight restrictions are put in place on some highways as a measure to […]

$9.3 Million Worth of Pavement Marking Completed

Another successful year of pavement marking has concluded for crews at the Ministry of Highways. “In 2021–22, the Government of Saskatchewan invested $9.3 million in pavement markings,” said Highways Minister Fred Bradshaw. “This important safety investment provides clear direction for Saskatchewan’s motorists, which helps decrease collisions.” The reflective pavement marking assists drivers when it’s dark […]

Southeast College Heavy Equipment Operator Course

Southeast College’s heavy equipment operator course is a unique 12-week program that increases seat time in both simulation and hand-on training equipment. The course is centrally located in Saskatchewan, taking place in Estevan. Graduates have the knowledge and skills needed to start an entry level career in various aspects of the heavy equipment industry. Download the […]

Don’t Risk Your Reputation – Know your locates!

“Any time you hit a line, your company’s reputation is pulled through the mud.” Watch this video from the Saskatchewan Common Ground Alliance to hear how challenging it is to deal with an underground contact, and how it harms your business and reputation.

President’s Message – Upcoming Events in April

While there is still plenty of snow on the ground this month, it won’t be long before it has melted away and another busy road construction season is here. Between now and then, there are some back-to-back April events I’d like to invite you to join. One is through a brand-new partnership that the Saskatchewan […]

SHCA Annual Convention – Book Your Hotel Rooms

The SHCA Annual Convention is taking place April 7–8, 2022, at the Delta Hotels Bessborough in Saskatoon. SHCA members are encouraged to book their room at the Delta Hotels Bessborough as soon as possible; SHCA has secured a special room rate of $154 per night. Members need to book their room before March 7, 2022. […]

THINK BIG SPOTLIGHT

Read Think BIG Q1, 2022 here.

Southeast College’s 2022 Industry and Safety Training Calendar is Available

Download Southeast College’s 2022 Industry and Safety Training Calendar and stay up-to-date on various programs offered at Southeast College’s locations across the province, including CPR/First Aid, Confined Space, Ground Disturbance, Fall Arrest and more. Click here to access the calendar.

WCB Extends COVID-19 Cost Relief for Employers

As the Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus continues to spread in the province, the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) is further extending cost relief to June 30, 2022, for employers to cover costs for accepted work-related COVID-19 claims.

Don’t miss this opportunity!

RDIEC’s YouTube Channel provides an opportunity for business and industry to reach students all over Saskatchewan and beyond promoting high demand occupations and profiling their best and brightest by providing them with the opportunity to talk about the contribution they make, while sharing their career journey.

Premier Commits to Completing Saskatchewan’s Portion of the La Loche to Fort McMurray All-Weather Road

The Government of Saskatchewan will complete the remaining nine kilometres on the Saskatchewan side of the border of the La Loche to Fort McMurray all-weather road, Premier Scott Moe announced on January 20, 2022. Premier Moe also sent a letter to Alberta Premier Jason Kenney asking that his province make a similar commitment to complete […]

Ritchie Bros. Issues Market Trends Year-in-Review Report for Earthmoving Equipment

Used equipment and truck prices reached unprecedented levels in 2021. With its January Market Trends Report, Ritchie Bros. looks closely at earthmoving and aerial equipment sales last year, with in-depth charts outlining volumes, median pricing and more by asset category. The January 2022 46-page Market Trends Report highlights sales of excavators, dozers, wheel loaders, motor […]

Ready for 2022

A new year brings some new reasons to be enthusiastic about what’s ahead for Saskatchewan as well as opportunities to address challenges for our members and industry. Last year, there were a number of announcements of high-profile projects for Saskatchewan, which I see as a signal there will be a boost in the amount of […]

SHCA Annual Convention – Book Your Hotel Rooms

The SHCA Annual Convention is taking place April 7–8, 2022 at the Delta Hotels Bessborough in Saskatoon. SHCA members are encouraged to book their room at the Delta Hotels Bessborough as soon as possible; SHCA has secured a special room rate of $154 per night. Members need to book their room before March 7, 2022. […]

Please Pay ASAP – Saskatchewan’s Prompt Payment Legislation

The Government of Saskatchewan has announced that the Builders’ Lien (Prompt Payment) Amendment Act, 2019 (the “Act”) will be proclaimed into force on March 1, 2022. Click here to read about the purpose of the act as well as its key features and takeaways from the legal experts at Miller Thomson

How Inclusive is Your Engineering Workplace?

Research shows many companies are struggling to ensure women are represented fairly in top management and in retention numbers. Progress toward gender parity remains slow and the engineering profession is one of the few licensed professions where men continue to vastly outnumber women. Engineers Canada’s 30 by 30 is a collaborative national initiative to increase the number […]

Western Canada Trade Gateway Initiative Picks Up Support

A new report out of Export Development Canada on the country’s potential for market growth in China adds urgency to the Western Canada Roadbuilders & Heavy Construction Association (WCR&HCA)’s call for the federal government to ramp up funding for trade-enabling infrastructure, the WCR&HCA board heard Dec. 9. The WCR&HCA is working with federal and regional […]

SHCA Equipment Rental Rates Guide & Membership Roster: Last chance to reserve your ad space!

The deadline to reserve advertising space in the 2022 SHCA Equipment Rental Rates Guide & Membership Roster is quickly approaching. Click here to download the 2022 Media Kit and assess your company’s options to advertise in this exclusive annual tool for SHCA members. [link to kit] In addition to advertising in the SHCA Equipment Rental […]

THINK BIG SPOTLIGHT

Read the Think BIG – Quarter 4, 2021 Here.

2021

SHCA – You and I

It is hard to believe December is here already, but with everything that has taken place over the last 12 months, I have been fully focussed on the work that our members expect of me and the association. A look at the calendar shows me I’ve got just a couple weeks to get my Christmas […]

Meet in Maui

Save the date! The Road Builders of the West are heading back to Maui and you’re invited! The Meet in Maui 2022 Conference will be taking place at the Wailea Beach Resort in Maui, Hawaii, Feb. 6–10, 2022.  Registration will be opening soon. Click here for more information about the Meet in Maui conference!

SHCA Annual Convention – Book Your Hotel Rooms

The SHCA Annual Convention is taking place April 7–8, 2022, at the Delta Hotels Bessborough in Saskatoon. SHCA members are encouraged to book their room at the Delta Hotels Bessborough as soon as possible; SHCA has secured a special room rate of $154 per night. Members need to book their room before March 7, 2022. […]

Winter Weights Postponed

Milder weather this fall will result in the postponement of winter weight season in Saskatchewan. Typically, winter weights begin on all relevant secondary highways Nov. 16 each year and continue through mid-March.  “In an effort to protect the province’s roads, the winter weight program has been postponed until there is adequate freezing,” said Highways Minister […]

Top of the Heap

There is a significant contrast among the banks on how Saskatchewan’s economy will perform in the coming year. A few days ago, for example, CIBC said 3.9 per cent growth was what we would see next year. Then RBC Royal Bank issued their update and they pegged our 2022 growth at 5.6 per cent. Not […]

2022 SHCA Media Kit is Now Available

The 2022 SHCA Media Kit, which outlines print and digital advertising opportunities in SHCA’s publications, is now available. Plan your 2022 advertising and contact a sales representative today to confirm your placements. Click here to download the 2022 Media Kit.

SHCA Convention Postponed

There is a saying that anything worth having is worth the wait. That’s definitely true of the SHCA Convention. You might have recently noticed receiving postcards with new spring dates for that event. The new dates for the SHCA Convention are set for April 7–8, 2022. The convention will be held at the same place […]

Brandt Completes Cervus Deal, Creates International Equipment Dealer Powerhouse

SHCA member Brandt Tractor Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of the Brandt Group of Companies, recently announced its successful acquisition of Cervus Equipment Corp., following a 97.66 per cent endorsement for the deal in an Oct. 12, 2021 vote by Cervus shareholders. The transaction sees publicly traded Cervus transition to 100 per cent private ownership […]

New Legislation Will Protect Contractors from Payment Delays

On March 1, 2022, The Builders’ Lien (Prompt Payment) Amendment Act, 2019 will be proclaimed into force. “This government is committed to supporting the construction industry,” said Justice Minister and Attorney General Gordon Wyant. “These changes will ensure the prompt payment of contractors and subcontractors and will enable parties to resolve issues quickly and without added costs […]

Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce Network Sees Huge Positive Response to Rapid Tests

This week, 18 chambers of commerce in Saskatchewan and several businesses began distributing rapid tests for individuals across the province. “The response has been amazing. In Swift Current, they ran out of kits within 45 minutes and people are thrilled to finally have access to these important tools to aid in the fight against COVID-19. […]

Jobs, Jobs Everywhere

You don’t have to look very far in the business community to find organizations and leaders willing to share their frustrations with filling jobs. Identifying talent and hiring are probably the biggest issues businesses are facing these days. And it seems widespread, not restricted to one or two sectors. And now we have some numbers […]

2022 SHCA Media Kit is Now Available

The 2022 SHCA Media Kit, which outlines print and digital advertising opportunities in SHCA’s publications, is now available. Plan your 2022 advertising and contact a sales representative today to confirm your placements. Click here to download the 2022 Media Kit.

THINK BIG SPOTLIGHT

Click here to read the Q4 2021 issue of Think BIG.

Construction Safety Associations: Critical to Industry Safety

Safe and healthy workplaces matter to industry. Industry is most qualified to identify current hazards in their workplaces that could lead to injuries and to determine best practice to prevent injuries. Industries at higher risk of injuries, such as heavy construction, demonstrate safety is a priority by maintaining safety associations to support workplaces.  Practical and […]

2022 SHCA Media Kit is Now Available

The 2022 SHCA Media Kit, which outlines print and digital advertising opportunities in SHCA’s publications, is now available. Plan your 2022 advertising and contact a sales representative today to confirm your placements.  Click here to download the 2022 Media Kit.

THINK BIG SPOTLIGHT

Click here to read the Q4 2021 issue of Think BIG.

SUMA Convention 2022: Connect

The Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) is excited to announce the return of its in-person convention for 2022 – with a bit of a twist.  The SUMA Board of Directors approved the Convention Planning Committee’s proposal to move convention from February to April for 2022 and beyond. Convention 2022 will be held in Regina from April 3–6.  […]

Meet in Maui 2022

Save the date! The Road Builders of the West are heading back to Maui and you’re invited! Meet in Maui 2022 Conference will be taking place at the Wailea Beach Resort in Maui, Hawaii, Feb. 6–10, 2022.  Registration will be opening soon. Click here for more information about the Meet in Maui conference!

WCB Announces 2022 Preliminary Average Premium Rate

Last week, the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) announced the 2022 preliminary average employer premium rate at $1.23 per hundred dollars of payroll, compared to the 2021 rate of $1.17. The announcement was made Oct. 13 at the WCB’s annual preliminary rate information meeting with Saskatchewan employers, workers and stakeholders. To help mitigate this increase […]

Rowan’s Ravine Sees $10.7 Million in Road and Highways Improvements

One of Saskatchewan’s most popular provincial parks is seeing benefits from the Government of Saskatchewan’s $2 billion stimulus funding, thanks to $10.7 million in new paving and road improvements at Rowan’s Ravine Provincial Park and the highways leading to it. “Highways 322 and 220 are essential gateways to those traveling to Rowan’s Ravine and the […]

THINK BIG SPOTLIGHT

Industry consultation with SHCA members helped Southeast College develop a program that will benefit all heavy construction stakeholders in the province

President’s Message

Together, we are better. Now that we can host and attend events, we have a few coming up that offer our members a great opportunity to move forward their interests. Mark your calendars with these events in November.  The first is the MLA reception that the Saskatchewan Heavy Construction Association is hosting on Nov. 1 […]

Thank You to the Sponsors of the SHCA Southern Golf Tournament!

On Aug. 19, SHCA hosted its first in-person event since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. The SHCA Southern Golf Tournament was a great success. Thank you to all participants and an especially large thank you to the event sponsors. It was wonderful to see faces once again!

Technology Improving Paving: 3D Machine Control and Beyond

Tech companies and OEMs have been investing heavily in 3D machine control technologies in the roadbuilding sector to help paving and milling operations build longer-lasting roads. But how exactly have some of these technologies been improving operations? Read the article on Rock to Road.

The SHCA Hot Seat

Where are you from? Ponoka, Alberta 2. How did you get your start in the heavy construction industry? I was able to get work coming out of high school with the company my father worked for. 3. What is your career history? I spent 10 years in pre-cast concrete, and 46 years in road construction. […]

Canadian Rental Association Forecasts Significant Growth in Equipment Rental Industry

The most recent quarterly forecast by the Canadian Rental Association (CRA) suggests that the event and equipment industry in Canada will grow nearly 10 per cent this year, reaching almost $5.4 billion. Read the article from On-Site.

Heavy Construction Associations Have a Message for Ottawa

As Canada plans massive investments in infrastructure, key industry associations are calling for a focus on trade-enabling projects. In a letter to Catherine McKenna, the federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, the Western Canada Roadbuilders & Heavy Construction Association (WCR&HCA) praised Ottawa for its focus on building. “The importance of this initiative, Building the Canada […]

Educating the Public about Construction/Work Zone Safety

Respecting the safety of workers building and maintaining Saskatchewan roads means following the posted speed limits in construction zones.

Join the Next Women in Construction – TEC Group Meeting!

The inaugural meeting of the Women in Construction – TEC Group was held in May to great success. The second meeting for the group is scheduled for late-August; contact the SHCA office for details on how to participate!

Saskatchewan WCB Seeking Customer Feedback

the month of August, the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) will be reaching out to customers across the province to gather feedback to help improve WCB services.

Province Announces $13 Million in Funding for Skills Training Programs at Sask Polytech and Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission

n July, the Government of Saskatchewan announced approximately $13 million in new funding for Saskatchewan Polytechnic and the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC) to deliver education and skills training programs to help grow a skilled workforce in Saskatchewan. 

Pavement Sealing Extending Life of Saskatchewan Roads

This summer, motorists will see significant amounts of road sealing taking place across the province. Road sealing is a cost-effective method that extends the life of roads and highways by sealing cracks formed by temperature changes throughout the year.

Martin Charlton Communications Leads Government Relations Session for SHCA Board

Government is a critical stakeholder in heavy construction.

Slow Down to Keep Saskatchewan Highways Safe

With construction season in full swing, the Government of Saskatchewan is reminding motorists to keep an eye out for construction zones on provincial highways.

New SHCA Affinity Partner: Martin Charlton Communications

The SHCA has partnered with Martin Charlton Communications to help you promote your business and communicate effectively with your stakeholders through social media.

Ending the Mistreatment of Western Canadians: Conservative Equalization Rebate

Western Canadians deserve respect and a secure future – Canada’s Conservatives recently announced that they are committed to implementing the proposed changes to the Fiscal Stabilization Program and ensuring the provinces that have given more than their fair share during some of the most difficult times are compensated.

Saskatchewan Business Community Weighs in on Lifting Provincial COVID-19 Restrictions

The Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce released the results of its survey on the province’s July target to remove all remaining COVID-19 restrictions.

Industry-lead Safety Training Benefits Saskatchewan Workplaces

Safe and healthy workplaces matter to industry. Saskatchewan is fortunate to have seven safety associations dedicated to preventing workplace injuries in this province by developing and delivering industry-focused training.

The SHCA Hot Seat

Featuring Chris O’Grady, construction manager at Aecon Transportation West

THINK BIG SPOTLIGHT

Industry consultation with SHCA members helped Southeast College develop a program that will benefit all heavy construction stakeholders in the province.

SHCA Events Resume

As Saskatchewan has gradually eased its way toward the end of the pandemic through the steady delivery of vaccinations, I have been eagerly waiting for the time to arrive when our members can gather once again.

Saskatchewan Opens Up Access to Rapid Antigen Tests

Rapid antigen tests may now be used by Saskatchewan businesses and individuals to help screen people who do not show COVID-19 symptoms.

Municipalities of Saskatchewan Transitioning to SUMA

Following a vote of the membership, Municipalities of Saskatchewan will be transitioning back to the name Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA).

President’s Message

Meeting with a group that is open to advice and generous with their insights is an empowering experience that helps to develop one another. A group like that came together recently to create that experience for women in construction. We met as the Women in Construction – TEC Group for its inaugural meeting. This introductory […]

Think BIG Spotlight

Think BIG Q2 2021 is all about Inspiring the Next Generation of Builders. One of the features on this topic focuses on how more than 30,000 kids each year experience STEM opportunities through the University of Regina. Click here to read more.

SGI CANADA Names New Chief Operating Officer

Andrew Voroney has been appointed as the new executive vice president (EVP) and chief operating officer (COO) of SGI CANADA, effective June 1, 2021. With 17 years of experience in the insurance industry, including the past five years serving as SGI CANADA’s vice president of commercial lines and regional vice president (RVP), Saskatchewan Operations, Voroney […]

Saskatchewan Polytechnic Launches Online Indigenous Leadership Skills Applied Certificate

Saskatchewan Polytechnic continues to demonstrate leadership in providing culturally inclusive learning environments and opportunities. The Indigenous Leadership Skills Applied Certificate will share valuable Indigenous leadership approaches towards maintaining resiliency and building leadership capacity. Situated on Treaty 4 and Treaty 6 territories, and homeland of the Métis people, Saskatchewan Polytechnic is acting on its strategic plan […]

The SHCA Hot Seat

1. Where are you from? Regina 2. How did you get your start in the heavy construction industry and/or who do you credit to getting you where you are today? I got my start in the heavy construction industry working as a yard/shop labourer during the summer break before high school started. I would have […]

Saskatchewan WCB Seeking Customer Feedback

In the month of June, the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) will be reaching out to customers across the province to gather feedback to help improve WCB services. The information provided by customers will be vital in improving the WCB’s services over the short and long term. As customers experience these services from a different […]

Construction Season Starts Strong

Following the release of a record-setting fall tender schedule this past September, the Ministry of Highways marked May 27 as the unofficial start to the 2021 road construction season.  With one additional project set to close by the end of May, most of the planned contracts from the fall tender have now been awarded and […]

Brandt Announces Plan to Create 1,000+ New Jobs

The Brandt Group of Companies has announced plans to make a major investment in staffing and will hire more than 1,000 new employees by the end of 2021. The new positions will span the Regina-based company’s 100+ location international network, focusing on roles in Canada and the USA. “There’s no question that our people are the foundation of our […]

Springtime in Saskatchewan

Springtime in Saskatchewan is similar to the sounding of the starter’s pistol – it’s time for road builders and our members to get to work. Many contractors will be returning to job sites this month in what is anticipated to be a busy construction season in our province. While many of us experienced change over […]

Budget 2021 Affirms the Value of Infrastructure Investment in Driving Economic Recovery

The April 19 release of the Federal Budget lays some important groundwork for a strong economic recovery and delivers against four of the Canadian Construction Association’s (CCA) pre-budget asks, including increased support for green and trade-enabling infrastructure investment, workforce capacity building, a commitment to beginning a 25-year infrastructure plan and investment to advance innovation in […]

THINK BIG SPOTLIGHT

Think BIG Q2 2021 is all about Inspiring the Next Generation of Builders. One of the features on this topic focuses on how more than 30,000 kids each year experience STEM opportunities through the University of Regina. Click here to read more.

Western Canadian Construction Facing Perfect Storm Brewing in Building Material Costs

The perfect COVID-19 storm is brewing, driving up the price of mainstay construction materials by up to 300 per cent with no real end in sight. The pandemic is being blamed for much of the supply chain and delivery problems while demand is being driven by home-bound individuals spending vacation dollars on home construction over-heating […]

SHCA 2021 Equipment Rental Rates Guides and Membership Roster Arriving this Month

SHCA members will receive their 2021 Equipment Rental Rates Guides and Membership Roster this month. Watch for your copy/copies to arrive soon. Non-members interested in purchasing a physical copy or digital access can contact the SHCA office for pricing and more information.

The SHCA Hot Seat

1. Where are you from? Moose Jaw, Sask. 2. How did you get your start in the heavy construction industry and who do you credit for getting you where you are today? After university, I was hired as the utilities engineer and promoted a year later to city engineer for the City of Prince Albert. […]

The WCB’s Employer Resource Centre

The Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) understands that it’s not always easy to navigate the workers’ compensation system. Representatives at the WCB’s new Employer Resource Centre are your point of contact to answer questions, guide you to the right information, provide support materials and connect you with the right person at the WCB. These are […]

Women in Lead Company Roles

TEC – THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Companies who have joined a TEC group over the past 5 years grew 2.2 times faster that average small and medium sized businesses. Imagine having your very own peer advisory board. The SHCA wants to create a confidential group of strong women from the construction industry to hoin us 6-8 […]

A Wonderful Life and Outstanding Career: Remembering Carlyle Murray

We are deeply saddened to share the news that our long-time colleague and friend, Carlyle Murray, P.Eng., PMP, passed away on May 8, 2021 after battling cancer, a heart attack and a stroke. News like this is difficult to process, and we are in touch with Carlyle’s family to offer our support. Carlyle’s impact within […]

A Busy Season Ahead

While COVID-19 continues to decimate our lives – both personally and professionally – there is some good news to share. In an effort to boost our struggling economy, stimulus funding from the federal and provincial governments has been received at the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM) head office. More than 60 projects are available […]

Bevy of Rural Projects “a Total Anomaly”

If you’re a local road construction contractor, there’s plenty of good news headed your way. The Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM), thanks to substantial stimulus funding from both the federal and provincial governments, has more than 60 projects on the market and available to bidding contractors. That total is expected to grow closer to […]

THINK BIG SPOTLIGHT – Think BIG Quarter 1

Read the latest issue of Think BIG magazine. Think BIG magazine – Quarter 1, 2021

The SHCA Hot Seat

1. Where are you from? Saskatchewan! (Unity, Meadow Lake and Saskatoon) 2. Who do you credit to getting you where you are today? My dad 3. What is your career history? Ministry of Highways, Consulting, and Contractor 4. What’s the best peice of business or career advice you have been given? Be kind. Listen. Everyone’s […]

Canadian Construction Association Calls for Greater Investment in Sustainable Infrastructure to Build Canada’s Clean Economy

The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) has released a research paper, Strength, resilience, sustainability: Canada’s construction sector recommendations on adapting to climate change. The paper highlights the benefits of sustainable and resilient infrastructure that can withstand the effects of climate change and stresses the imperative of investing in sustainable infrastructure, particularly as COVID-19 economic recovery efforts are underway. […]

Doing Business with the Ministry Rollout

The Ministry of Highways is pleased to announce the official launch of its new Doing Business with the Ministry website. The current site has reached its end of life and we are now transitioning to the new site, which is located on Publications Saskatchewan. The ministry chose to move to Publications Saskatchewan to be consistent […]

Western Road Builders Unite on Trade Corridor and Gateway Investment

The Western Canada Roadbuilders & Heavy Construction Association (WCR&HCA) has thrown its weight behind a campaign for renewed federal investment in trade gateways and corridors in the west. The four western roadbuilder and heavy construction associations agreed at the April 6 meeting of the WCR&HCA to appeal to Minister Jim Carr, the Trudeau government’s cabinet […]

Social Media Presence

Even at the best of times, social media platforms can be a minefield. But that shouldn’t deter you from sharing your content with the online community. Social media can be challenging to navigate, yet it’s also the most efficient means of travel for your blogs, newsletters and videos. Social media is where you’ll find clients […]

Canada’s Construction Industry Rebounds Post-pandemic, with More Growth to Come

Construction requirements across Canada are expected to rebound in 2021 in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and rise through the coming decade – albeit at more muted levels than in the past 10 years. The strength and pace of recovery, however, will vary among provinces, and will depend significantly on the rollout of COVID-19 […]

Budget Day Coming Up

No one is itching to return to 2020.  But if there was a positive to pull from last year, it was a record $437.4 million in fall tenders from the Saskatchewan Ministry of Highways. That’s the largest dollar amount allocated to highway work in Saskatchewan history. So, this message should serve as a reminder to […]

Virtually Unstoppable: CCA Annual Conference

The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) is hosting their annual conference virtually for 2021. From March 23 to 25, CCA will bring industry members together to share best practices, network, stay current on industry trends and celebrate member accomplishments through its National Awards program. The virtual event will feature flexible scheduling with a mix of live […]

New SHCA Affinity Partner: Shamii

A new partner to the SHCA affinity program is Shamii, a pickup–drop off full service for your vehicles. By using Shamii, SHCA members can avoid lineups, wait times, arranging pickups, drop offs or awkward courtesy car rides with strangers. Shamii chauffeurs pick up your vehicle from wherever you are, detail your car with the package […]

Changes to the WCB’s Employer Initial Report of Injury (E1) Form

To continuously improve its customer service, the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) has made changes to the online E1 form. The new features of the online E1 form include: A document upload feature: Employers will be able to attach documentation with the E1 form submission. This could include pictures related to the worker’s injury, incident reports […]

The SHCA Hot Seat

1. Where are you from? I moved to Saskatchewan when I was two and have lived here ever since. So, I’m from Saskatchewan. 2. Who do you credit to getting you where you are today in the heavy construction industry? Throughout my career, I’ve been fortunate to work with some great, hardworking people and memorable […]

Melfort STARS Heliport Project

Redhead Equipment is pleased to announce that it was named the Mission Lead Pilot Donor of the Melfort Heliport Fundraising Campaign with a contribution of $100,000. “Since acquiring the dealership in Melfort, we have strived to support our customer’s needs and to give back to Melfort and its surrounding communities. The health and safety of […]

Don’t be Boring. Be Human.

Most of us have a personal life with hobbies and interests when we’re away from the office. It’s important to give your clients and customers a peek into what makes you tick. Why is People magazine consistently one of the most well-read magazines on the planet? That’s easy. People love to read about other people.

Staying the Course

While some of our members continue to stay busy with projects during the winter months, the majority are well settled into their off-season routines. Unfortunately, with the COVID-19 travel restrictions in place, this year’s brief winter getaway to a warmer climate was put on hold. As we glance at the calendar, we see we’re nearly […]

Virtually Unstoppable: CCA Annual Conference

The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) is hosting their annual conference virtually for 2021. From March 23 to 25, CCA will bring industry members together to share best practices, network, stay current on industry trends and celebrate member accomplishments through its National Awards program. The virtual event will feature flexible scheduling with a mix of live […]

Premier Moe Announces $3 Million Boost To Urban Highways Partnerships

The Government of Saskatchewan is making an additional $3 million in capital funding available to improve conditions on highways in Saskatchewan’s smaller cities.  The additional funding will boost capital dollars in the Urban Highway Connector Program (UHCP) to $10 million over two years. “We committed to making the investments necessary to ensure a strong economic […]

Few Jobs Going Unfilled

Saskatchewan had the lowest job vacancy rate in the country in November. Quebec had the highest. This is one of a basket of measures we use to assess the condition of the labour market in the country. When employers post job openings, there are a couple of factors that will determine how quickly the vacancy […]

The SHCA Hot Seat

1. Where are you from? I am from Langham, Sask., born and partially raised here. I now have a wonderful family (wife and two kids) firmly rooted in this community that we are happy to call home. 2. How did you get your start in the heavy construction industry and/or what do you credit to […]

Last Chance to Secure Advertising in the SHCA Equipment Rental Rates Guide & Membership Roster!

This week is your last chance to secure your company’s advertising space in the 2021 SHCA Equipment Rental Rates Guide & Membership Roster. Click here to view the media kit and contact us today to ensure you don’t miss out on this annual advertising opportunity for your business.

Government of Saskatchewan Completes Year Two of $100 Million Intersection Safety Strategy

The Government of Saskatchewan has completed $40 million in highway safety improvements all over the province since 2019. This marks year two of a five-year, $100 million strategy to improve safety at intersections and highways in Saskatchewan. “Our government made a commitment to make significant investments in intersection safety,” said Highways Minister Fred Bradshaw. “I […]

Lehigh Cement Develops a Sustainable Blended PLC for the Canadian Prairies

Lehigh Hanson is pleased to announce the launch of EcoCem®PLUS at its Edmonton cement plant in Alberta. EcoCem®PLUS is an innovative blended Portland Limestone Cement (PLC) available in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Lehigh’s latest cement product provides strength and durability while significantly reducing the carbon footprint in concrete. Along with supporting the company’s vision of […]

Clifton Associates Selected as Lead Engineering Team for First Stage of Lake Diefenbaker Irrigation Expansion Project

Regina-based Clifton Associates Ltd. has been selected to begin engineering work for the Westside Irrigation Project.  Clifton was selected after successfully completing a two-staged transparent procurement process consisting of a request for qualifications and a request for proposals. Clifton’s work will encompass the first stage of the Lake Diefenbaker Irrigation Expansion – the largest infrastructure project […]

THINK BIG SPOTLIGHT – Think BIG Quarter 1

Read the latest issue of Think BIG magazine. Think BIG magazine – Quarter 1, 2021

Gearing Up for a Busy 2021!

With the start of a new year often comes a feeling of optimism. We are starting fresh and putting the difficult year that was 2020 in our rear-view mirror. Our industry was one of the few that weathered the storm and persevered through some challenging times. Yes, many of us adapted to changes and altered […]

Canadian Construction Association calls on members to stay vigilant amid rising COVID-19 cases

With COVID-19 cases on the rise, new strains cropping up and a slower than hoped rollout of vaccines, it is essential to remain vigilant and follow worksite health and safety protocols as well as general public health measures, says the Canadian Construction Association (CCA). The health, safety and wellbeing of our workers and the communities […]

Major Updates Coming in 2021 to SHCA’s Website!

Keep a close eye on www.saskheavy.ca in 2021 – big changes are on the way! SHCA is working hard to update its current website to an all-new format, which will include new sections and benefits for SHCA members. The new website will feature a Road Builder Hall of Fame, honouring long-time SHCA members and the […]

Update Your Information for the 2021 SHCA Equipment Rental Rates Guide & Membership Roster

SHCA members, the time is now to ensure your 2021 dues are paid and that your information is correct and up to date for the membership listings in the 2021 SHCA Equipment Rental Rates Guide & Membership Roster. If your company had a membership listing in the 2020 version, you can check your listing information […]

The SHCA Hot Seat

1. Where are you from? Born, raised and never left Regina! 2. How many years have you been in the industry? I’ve been president of SHCA for more than a decade and have loved every minute of it. 3. What’s the best piece of business or career advice you’ve ever received? You can do anything […]

COVID-19 Resources for Municipalities

Municipalities of Saskatchewan has created a COVID-19 Update to help keep municipalities informed of provincial updates and new resources. On the website’s landing page, viewers can click on a particular focus area in order to access all available resources under that topic, including for employers. Click here to view the resource page from Municipalities of […]

A Word of Advice: Bad Writing Makes You Look Like Spam

One of the quickest ways to differentiate legitimate business communication from spam is the quality of the writing. Improper grammar, misspellings and incomplete sentences in an email are signals to hit the delete button, with the assumption the message is a potential cyber security threat. Bad writing that appears on a website or in a […]

2020

Looking Back at 2020

This year has been one for the history books. The early stages of 2020 started rather routinely, with our association taking steps to have its voice heard and urge different levels of government to lean on our industry. January and February saw us contact the federal and provincial governments, respectively. The Saskatchewan Heavy Construction Association, […]

WCB Holds 2021 Average Premium Rate at 2020 Rate

The Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) announced earlier this week that it will hold this year’s average employer premium rate at the 2020 rate of $1.17 and will cap industry level rates at 10 per cent. This board level hold is to provide a measure of economic relief to Saskatchewan businesses struggling with the effects […]

Re-Open Saskatchewan Training Subsidy

The Re-Open Saskatchewan Training Subsidy (RSTS) program has been launched in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The program is an employer-driven, short-term training program that provides eligible employers with financial support to train employees. Funding to support training can help employers adjust to the impacts of the pandemic and safely align business activities with the […]

Canadian Construction Association and KPMG in Canada Launch Digital Maturity Assessment Tool to Gauge Innovation

In a new initiative to assist Canadian construction companies gauge their level of construction innovation, the Canadian Construction Association (CCA) has joined forces with KPMG in Canada to launch the complimentary Digital maturityassessment tool for the construction industry.  Construction is rapidly evolving into a tech-savvy industry with the use of drones, automated vehicles and virtual and augmented […]

Changes in the Saskatchewan Workforce

The monthly job numbers are turning into a proxy for tracking how government rules around the pandemic are affecting business decisions. We got the November numbers earlier in December and they showed a decline in part-time work. That likely is a reflection of the new restrictions on operating hours for bars and restaurants as business […]

Municipalities of Saskatchewan Convention going Virtual for 2021

The Municipalities of Saskatchewan recently announced that the 116th Annual Convention will be held online, Feb. 7–10, 2021. With the uncertainty of COVID-19, Municipalities of Saskatchewan’s Convention Planning Committee made the decision to transition to a virtual event for 2021 to ensure that representatives from Saskatchewan’s hometowns can still come together in February to network, […]

President’s Message

The heavy construction/road building industry is home to some of the hardest working people who have brilliant stories and experiences to share with their colleagues. Networking with like-minded individuals often results in the sharing of business best practices. As we all know, the majority of the people employed in this industry are men. But there’s […]

Take Note of Saskatchewan’s Balance Sheet

It’s the old forest and the trees thing. When you’re in the middle of something, it can be hard to tell whether you are going forward, backward or just sitting still. So, when we get a report from an outsider with a broader perspective, it can be helpful. The latest of one of those reports […]

CCA Launches Construction R&D Portal to Accelerate Innovation

In a new endeavour to advance innovation within the industry, the Canadian Construction Association (CCA) and Cognit.ca recently announced the launch of the Construction R&D Portal and the Construction R&D Showcase speaker series.  The goal of this initiative is to help Canada’s $141 billion construction industry capitalize on the $14 billion of research performed by universities annually. The Construction R&D Portal will give […]

City of Saskatoon Completes Major Projects despite COVID-19

The City of Saskatoon announced the completion of a number of projects in the face of COVID-19. Work has finished on the Sid Buckwold Bridge rehabilitation project and replacement of aging watermains despite the challenge posed by the pandemic, a City of Saskatoon release stated. “When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, we revised our 2020 construction […]

Shantel Lipp Featured in Industry West Magazine

SHCA president Shantel Lipp was recently featured as the Last Page interview in Industry West magazine. Read Shantel’s interview.

Municipalities of Saskatchewan Convention going Virtual for 2021

The Municipalities of Saskatchewan recently announced that the 116th Annual Convention will be held online, Feb. 7–10, 2021. With the uncertainty of COVID-19, Municipalities of Saskatchewan’s Convention Planning Committee made the decision to transition to a virtual event for 2021 to ensure that representatives from Saskatchewan’s hometowns can still come together in February to network, […]

More Work Coming

It’s not often we have the opportunity to praise the federal government for initiatives that will greatly help western provinces.   However, we learned earlier this month that Saskatchewan – and our industry in particular – will likely be the main beneficiary in a $10-billion commitment from the feds to support irrigation projects. This $10 billion […]

Province Partnering with 55 RMs to Upgrade Roads

Road improvements are coming to 55 rural municipalities across Saskatchewan thanks to $16.5 million in funding from the provincial government’s two-year, $7.5 billion infrastructure stimulus plan. “Our government’s stimulus plan provides an economic booster shot and contributes significantly toward meeting our Growth Plan goals,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister Greg Ottenbreit said. “Partnerships with our rural […]

Saskatchewan Government Debt Forecast to Be the Lowest in Canada

They start with the same information, but they interpret it in their own way. BMO Bank of Montreal has released its quarterly provincial forecast and it is something of a departure from another of the banks. The previous forecast showed a spread of almost two percentage points between what the Saskatchewan economy would lose this […]

Lean on Local

SHCA member companies understand how critical it is to pick up our partners. Leaning on local companies is the key to growth and success of our local economies as we recover from the shutdown caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Saskatchewan-based contractors are not acting alone when they go to work. They’re collaborating with several local […]

Keep Regina Growing

SHCA is proud to partner with Regina & Region Homebuilders, Regina Construction Association, Saskatchewan Realtors Association and the Regina Chamber of Commerce on the Keep Regina Growing Campaign. Check out the campaign website and Join the Movement – help us Keep Regina Growing! https://keepreginagrowing.ca/

SHCA’s Shantel Lipp on Women for Saskatchewan

SHCA’s president, Shantel Lipp, was recently featured on the Women for Saskatchewan website, discussing the growth of Saskatchewan, the recent announcement from the Saskatchewan Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure that tenders for upcoming projects reached a record $437.4 million and the role that the heavy construction industry plays in rebounding the province’s economy after COVID-19. Read Shantel’s […]

#SKVOTES2020

Election Day is Oct. 26 The vote by mail application deadline is Oct. 15 – however you decide to vote, please do so safely. Visit Elections Saskatchewan for more info.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic Launches School of Continuing Education

Saskatchewan Polytechnic is pleased to announce the launch of the Saskatchewan Polytechnic School of Continuing Education. The school will focus on meeting the needs of the local business community by providing training solutions tailored towards industries in which professional training is in high demand. The School of Continuing Education brings together internal expertise to advance […]

Canadian Construction Association renews Gold Seal accreditation for Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s Leadership Skills program

The Canadian Construction Association’s (CCA) Gold Seal Certification program recently renewed Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s accreditation for the courses in the polytechnic’s Leadership Skills program for another five years. This training, along with work experience and completion of the Gold Seal exam, will allow Sask Polytech graduates to become Gold Seal Certified (GSC). The Gold Seal Certification […]

244 more MEEP projects approved

Earlier this summer, Government Relations Minister Lori Carr announced that another 244 projects, representing more than $88.9 million of provincial funding through the Municipal Economic Enhancement Program (MEEP) 2020 has now been approved.  This brings the current number of approved projects to 741 and an investment to date of $127 million. “MEEP is a key […]

Ready to Work

The Saskatchewan Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure recently unveiled fall tenders for projects for a record $437.4 million in highway work. That’s the largest total in Saskatchewan history. As is the case with every tender schedule, our members wait with cautious optimism to see how and when these projects will hit the market. Needless to […]

Apply now for the Canada United Small Business Relief Fund

Canada United is offering small business relief grants of up to $5,000 to help small Canadian businesses with recovery efforts as a result of COVID-19. The grant funds will grow over the next several weeks as every video watched and social post liked from Canada United will result in a five-cent contribution from RBC. Funds can be […]

The Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce launches Indigenous Business Directory

The Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce (SCC) has officially launched its Indigenous Business Directory, as part of its Indigenous Engagement Charter. The Indigenous Business Directory will ensure that more Indigenous-owned businesses can participate in the Saskatchewan supply chain and will allow for increased engagement between members of the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce and Indigenous-owned businesses in […]

Up For The Challenge

Infrastracture stimulus supports economic recovery By: Lisa Danyluk, SaskBuilds In early May 2020, the Government of Saskatchewan announced that it will invest $7.5 billion (B) over two years in infrastracture projects like schools, hospitals, municipal infrastracture, highways and more to stimulate the province’s economic revobery. This funding included a new $2B “booster shot” over and […]

Chief Electoral Officer recommends preparations continue for Oct. 26 vote

The Chief Electoral Officer recommended late last week that preparations should continue to hold the 29th Provincial General Election this October. This recommendation is based on public health advice from the Chief Medical Health Officer as well as input from provincial electoral stakeholders. “Earlier today, I sent a letter to Premier Scott Moe to inform […]

THINK BIG SPOTLIGHT – Think BIG Quarter 3

The cover story of the Q3 2020 issue is all about how the COVID-19 pandemic has changed business routes. Click here to read it online.

Brandt completes GeoShack/INTEQ acquisition

The Brandt Group of Companies is pleased to announce that, effective July 10, they have successfully acquired the assets of GeoShack Canada Company and the Canadian assets of INTEQ Distributors. This acquisition, which directly affects the Ontario and Quebec markets, makes Brandt the exclusive dealer for Topcon Positioning Systems and other complimentary tools and technology […]

WorkSafe Saskatchewan forms partnership with leading Canadian psychological health expert

Mental health injuries are on the rise across our province and our country. To develop a long-term strategy, which will include resources to assist Saskatchewan employers deal with psychological health issues in the workplace, WorkSafe Saskatchewan has formed a partnership with Dr. Joti Samra, one of Canada’s foremost psychological health and wellness experts. WorkSafe is […]

Saskatchewan job numbers continue to improve

When the COVID pandemic hit, Saskatchewan’s economy was the least affected among the provinces. Our relatively small population is more focused on business-to-business activity than many of the more densely populated areas such as Toronto, where business-to-consumer is more heavily favoured. Because of that differentiation, we saw fewer job losses on a percentage basis as […]

Province announces agricultural water management demonstrations

Farmers and ranchers in Saskatchewan are working together to find new and effective ways to manage water on their land that will strengthen their operations and protect communities, infrastructure and the environment. Today, Minister Responsible for Water Security Agency Greg Ottenbreit announced Water Security Agency (WSA) is investing $1 million to partner with 10 stakeholder […]

Upgrades to 445 km of rural highways underway

Work is underway to upgrade 445 km of Thin Membrane Surface (TMS) and rural highways in Saskatchewan. “This investment will go a long way toward our government’s goal of improving 1,000 km of highways this year, and 10,000 km in 10 years as laid out by our growth plan,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister Greg Ottenbreit […]

Saskatchewan, our home

Yes, we specialize in road building. It’s an area that has been a primary focus of our association for decades. But road building is just one aspect of what we do to help make Saskatchewan a great place to call home. Farming and agriculture have long been the identity of this province and farmers and […]

244 more MEEP projects approved

Earlier this summer, Government Relations Minister Lori Carr announced that another 244 projects, representing more than $88.9 million of provincial funding through the Municipal Economic Enhancement Program (MEEP) 2020 has now been approved.  This brings the current number of approved projects to 741 and an investment to date of $127 million. “MEEP is a key […]

The Impact of Infrastructure: Leaders are Listening

Earlier this week, I was invited on behalf of the Conservative Party of Canada’s Saskatchewan caucus to meet with representatives from the Saskatchewan team and various Members of Parliament and Senators during their stakeholder meetings.  The purpose of these meetings is to hear directly from stakeholders that are spread across our province and to discuss […]

Employer Relief Measures Extended Until July 31, 2020

The Saskatchewan WCB has provided an extension to employer relief measures related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Relief measures have been extended until July 31, 2020 and will be monitored monthly. The extensions and additions to the pandemic relief measures are: Penalties applied in 2020 will be removed. This includes late filing, under estimate and late […]

Help Canada Get Back to Work. SHCA Members, Post Your Available Jobs!

Job Bank’s new COVID-19 page allows job seekers to browse more job opportunities, including those specifically in essential sectors. In June, an email was sent to thousands of Saskatchewan EI/CERB recipients advising them of this new service. Given that construction has been identified as a featured essential job sector, SHCA encourages all members to post […]

THINK BIG SPOTLIGHT – Sneak peek of Quarter 3!

The Quarter 3 issue of Think BIG is arriving this month, but you don’t need to wait to read the cover story! Click here to read about how the pandemic changed business routines for SHCA members before anyone else has a copy of the magazine. Think BIG Q3, 2020 – Sneak Peek: http://thinkbigmagazine.ca/digital/2020/Q3/sneakpeek/ 

#SlowDown to Keep Workers Safe This Construction Season!

In these uncertain times, there are few guarantees. One thing we can count on here in Saskatchewan: when summer hits, so does construction season. That’s why July’s Traffic Safety Spotlight focuses on work zones. Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) and law enforcement are reminding drivers to be mindful of workers while travelling through construction areas this […]

Saskatchewan Seems to Have a Different Economy

Saskatchewan continues to find itself in an interesting spot in Canada’s COVID-19 economy. We’re now starting to see some improvement in our trade numbers. The first evidence of a positive trend was in May as our exports started to rise while imports were still falling so the trade deficit fell sharply, narrowing by 85 per […]

SHCA Supports SaskPolytech Students

SHCA was once again a supporter of Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s scholarship program for students involved in the heavy duty mechanic and engineering technologist training programs. It’s important to SHCA and its members to help the next generation of our industry’s workforce. “I just wanted to extend my thanks to you and the members of the Saskatchewan […]

Canadian Technical Asphalt Association Scholarships

Are you a member of the CTAA and do you have students working for you this summer? Are they interested in the field of asphalt technology? Would they be a benefit to the industry? Let them know about the CTAA scholarship specifically available for students pursuing a career in asphalt technology. The deadline is July […]

Consumers Cooling to Debt

One of the by-products of the COVID pandemic is that we’re borrowing less. Anyone who has been in self-isolation or a lockdown knows that they are spending less. And it’s evident in all the economic numbers – gasoline sales are down, we aren’t going to movies or entertainment facilities and restaurants are seeing significant reductions […]

Hand Sanitizer Available From 49 North Lubricants

On behalf of the team at 49 North Lubricants, we’d like to thank the frontline workers who have been working tirelessly to get us through this pandemic. We remain open and are here to support our customers’ business with unparalleled customer service and quality products, through this pandemic and beyond. To help support Canadians, we have […]

Notice of Sale and Investment Solicitation Process for JMB Crushing Systems Inc.

On May 1, 2020, JMB Crushing Systems Inc. and 2161889 Alberta Ltd. (Collectively “JMB”) were granted a stay of proceedings (the “Initial Order”) from the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench issued under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (the “CCAA”).FTI Consulting Canada Inc. (“FTI”) has been appointed Monitor. In connection with the CCAA proceedings, the Court has authorized […]

THINK BIG SPOTLIGHT – Think BIG Quarter 2

Building a Bigger Voice Western Canada’s road building associations are working together on a joint policy paper to amplify their message. Cover Feature – http://thinkbigmagazine.ca/digital/2020/Q2/page_1.html

SHCA Members, Generous as Always

The generosity from our membership never ceases to amaze me.  Even during a down market, during which some of the members are struggling more than others, we continue to assist those in our communities who are in need of help. Earlier this month, several of our members graciously donated to the Food Banks of Saskatchewan […]

Workers’ Compensation 2020-22 Strategic and Operational Plans

An integrated planning process supports the achievement of our organization’s strategic imperatives. Integration begins at the Board level with strategic planning, continues through operational planning with executive management, and extends to tactical planning by divisions, business units and individuals. When completed successfully, our employees have a clear line of sight from their daily activities to […]

$28 Million Invested in Rural Integrated Roads for Growth Program

36 RMs to Receive Road Grants in First year of Plan The provincial government is investing $28 million to improve rural roads in Saskatchewan rural municipalities (RMs). Thirty-six RMs will receive funding this year, which will cover up to 50 per cent of total projects’ costs to a maximum of $500,000. This is the first […]

Morsky Construction Ltd. is hiring!

Morsky Construction Ltd. immediately requires grader operators, 1A or 3A truck drivers to carry out various duties on road construction projects throughout Sasktachewan. View the posting and application instructions here.

Hand Sanitizers and Spray Disinfectants for Construction Sites

Evergreen Solutions has in-stock products with next-day shipping for disinfecting construction site surfaces. These products include no-rinse alcohol sanitizer, hand sanitizer and surface disinfectant. Click here to download the PDF.

Available Accommodations for the Coming Construction Season

SHCA has been working with the Ministry of Highways and Tourism Saskatchewan to secure accommodations and meals for our member company work crews during the COVID-19 pandemic. Tourism Saskatchewan has been working with its members over the past couple of weeks, with more responses still to come in, and have begun to compile a list […]

THINK BIG SPOTLIGHT – Think BIG Quarter 2

Read the Quarter 2, 2020 issue of Think BIG here.

Major Infrastructure Stimulus Plan Announced by Saskatchewan Government

A two-year capital plan, worth $7.5 billion, aimed at building a strong Saskatchewan and stimulating the economic recovery from the impact COVID-19 was announced earlier this month by the provincial government. “Over the next two years, our government will invest $7.5 billion dollars in schools, hospitals, highways, Crown utility projects, municipal infrastructure and other important […]

Great News, Finally

“Over the next two years, our government will invest $7.5 billion dollars in … highways, municipal infrastructure and other important capital projects designed to build a strong Saskatchewan.” – Premier Scott Moe, May 2020 There’s no other way to say it – this is great news for our industry, for our members and for the Saskatchewan […]

“Status Quo” Budget Could Spell Doom for Industry

The 2019-20 budget estimate tabled in March by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Highways of Infrastructure provided a familiar refrain. The Saskatchewan Heavy Construction Association didn’t expect any surprises or a significant shift in infrastructure spending for this upcoming season. That’s exactly what was delivered, which could present positive and dramatically negative outcomes for the industry […]

SHCA Equipment Rental Rates Guide & Membership Roster

The 2020 SHCA Equipment Rental Rates Guide & Membership Roster is just finishing at the printer and will be shipped to SHCA members this month. Non-members can contact the SHCA office to purchase copies of the roster.

Regina Construction Association’s COVID-19 Pandemic Plan

The Regina Construction Association has compiled a number of documents to help Saskatchewan Construction Companies navigate the uncertain time ahead, including guidelines for relevant policies and procedures, a preparedness checklist and more. Download the package using this link.

Tax Measures: Canada’s COVID-19 Response Plan

The Government of Canada announced multiple tax changes to help Canadians cope with COVID-19 impacts. CIBC tax experts break down the details. By Jamie Golombek, Debbie Pearl-Weinberg and Tess FrancisTax and Estate Planning, CIBC Private Wealth Management Click here to learn more.

Federal/Provincial COVID-19 Support Programs

At the beginning of April, Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau, Minister of Small Business Mary Ng and Minister of Innovation Navdeep Bains announced details relating to the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy and provided updates on other previously announced programs. The Emergency Wage Subsidy will cover 75 per cent of salaries for qualifying businesses for up to three […]

Sask. WCB Offers Relief Measures for Employers

The Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) is introducing additional relief measures for employers who are unable to pay their WCB premium payments. Effective April 1 until June 30, 2020, the WCB will waive penalties and interest charges for late premium payments. The Government of Saskatchewan announced various measures to support provincial business owners during the […]

Growing Opportunities

Think BIG – Q1, 2020 – Growing Opportunities

Collecting Masks for Frontline Healthcare Workers

The Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) has picked up almost 700 respirators from a stockpile provided by construction companies, according to the Saskatchewan Heavy Construction Association (SHCA). SHCA president Shantel Lipp said the stockpile had grown to 1,400 since she put out a call to member companies and partner associations on March 21. Read the rest of […]

Essential Now and Later

If anything is certain today, it is that we are living in uncertain times. When will we see a light at the end of this seemingly endless COVID-19 tunnel? What will our economy look like when we do? How will we recover? When life does return to normal – and it will one day – […]

Notice to SHCA Members about the Coronavirus

With CONEXPO ongoing this week and the 2020 construction season kicking off, SHCA is advising all members to ensure they have the proper preventative measures in place to address any potential exposure to COVID-19. Safety is always a priority on jobsites and managing the risk of COVID-19 should be no exception. Simply from a human […]

SHCA Member Action Needed: Add Your Voice to Ours

In February, SHCA sent a package to the respective Members of the Legislature on both sides of the house, regarding our continued concerns over delayed project tenders and slow awards. Along with this letter is a proposed timeline as well as economic information that support a continued need for a strategic, long-term plan for the government’s most […]

A Worthy Cause

Think BIG – Q1, 2020 – A Worthy Cause

You’re Invited – OHS Investigations & Workplace Safety Law: An Update

The legal landscape relating to workplace safety law is constantly evolving and changing. Increasing inspection and enforcement activities are serious matters for your organization. Do you know your rights if an incident occurs and the regulators are asking to interview your employees? Does your organization know how to properly navigate prime contractor responsibilities? Are you aware […]

Sask 1st Call New Ticket Request Process

Sask 1st Call is excited to announce that it joined the Western Before You Dig consortia and transitioned to a new software platform on March 1, 2020 for all new locate requests. We expect that by joining this partnership and moving to the OneCallAccess platform, Sask 1st Call users will benefit through: Collaborating and unifying of “One Call” services […]

Work Zone Manuals – Updates

With the help of the Work Zone Signing Committee (WZSC), several updates have been made to the Traffic Control Devices Manual For Work Zones (TCDMWZ). Most of these changes are to help clarify existing traffic accommodation policies. A summary of these changes can be found in the attached Record of Amendments. The revised manual (including […]

HCSAS AGM awards banquet is March 27

The Heavy Construction Safety Association of Saskatchewan is hosting its AGM Awards Banquet on March 27, 2020 in Regina. Register here.

Special Events Celebrating Women in Construction

The industry is working hard to create a better environment for women in construction. Organizations across North America are cognizant of the impending labour gap and the construction industry needs to coax more than 300,000 Canadians to choose a construction career in order to keep pace with demand, according to On-Site magazine. Ensuring that women view construction […]

Spring Weight Restrictions on Secondary Highways

As the weather warms and the daylight-hours increase, truckers and shippers are being reminded to begin reducing truck loads on some provincial highways. During this time of year, secondary highways revert back to regulation weights, which will prevent damage to these roads. “Weight restrictions are put in place at various times of the year on provincial […]

Spencer Russell National Technical Lead ELRUS Calgary, Alberta

Being the grandson of ELRUS founder Roland Russell makes being the national technical lead for the company a family affair. Although Spencer began working for the company when it opened its Saskatoon branch in 2013, he was introduced to the business at a far earlier age. “Essentially growing up, I would spend every Saturday and […]

Anticipating the Provincial Budget

Our industry is cautiously optimistic as we await the unveiling of the 2019–20 provincial budget.

Notice to SHCA Members about the Coronavirus

With CONEXPO ongoing this week and the 2020 construction season kicking off, SHCA is advising all members to ensure they have the proper preventative measures in place to address any potential exposure to COVID-19.

The Shortfalls of Single-window Procurement

Frustrated with single-window procurement? You’re not alone. It is our understanding that the ideology behind single-window procurement was to streamline processes that would enable greater efficiency and smoother operations. It has become abundantly clear that this is not happening.  Unnecessary delays in awarding tenders has become commonplace for many of our members. That is why […]

Participation needed! The Innovation Pipeline, a new tool from MHI

The Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure (MHI) is continually exploring ways to improve the way we do business. Innovation helps us respond to the changing environment in which we operate. The Innovation Pipeline (TIP) is a new tool that will help us to innovate together. MHI is currently using TIP for innovation challenges to help […]

SUMA changes its name to Municipalities of Saskatchewan

The Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA), the voice of Saskatchewan’s hometowns, announced recently that it is changing its name to Municipalities of Saskatchewan. “The name Municipalities of Saskatchewan encompasses all of our communities – our cities, towns, villages, resort villages and northern municipalities – and demonstrates the true breadth and strength of Saskatchewan’s hometowns,” said […]

Canadian construction labour demand to intensify over short term; will require more than 300,000 new workers over decade

Employment in Canada’s construction and maintenance industry is anticipated to grow by 50,200 workers by 2029. When coupled with the anticipated retirement of more than 257,000 construction workers over the same period, the industry will need to recruit more than 307,000 workers over the decade to keep pace with demand, according to the labour market […]

Alberta operator competing in Caterpillar’s Global Operator Challenge at CONEXPO in Las Vegas

The championship finals are set for the Global Operator Challenge, the largest global campaign in Caterpillar history. Nine regional champions from around the world will compete in Las Vegas on Tuesday, March 10, 2020, for their quest to be named the best of the best and awarded Global Operator Challenge Champion. The finals will take […]

SARM’s 2020 annual convention is March 9–12 in Regina

SHCA members are encouraged to attend SARM’s largest annual event in Regina, beginning March 9. There is no registration fee and everyone is invited to attend. Learn more: SARM Annual Convention.

HCSAS AGM awards banquet is March 27

The Heavy Construction Safety Association of Saskatchewan is hosting its AGM Awards Banquet on March 27, 2020 in Regina. Register here.

Grow Your Business in 2020

Space closing soon for the 2020 SHCA Rental Rates Guide and Membership Roster Time is running out! The 2020 SHCA Rental Rates Guide and Membership Roster is closing soon for advertising sales. Book your advertising space today by calling the Lester office: 204-953-2189 or emailing adsales@lesterpublications.com.Download the SHCA 2020 media kit.

Representing Western Canada

Western Canada is struggling to have its voice heard. From officials in provincial government offices to farmers in canola fields, bending an ear to anyone east of Manitoba has its challenges. Our industry is not immune to alienation. This is why I, along with my counterparts in B.C., Alberta and Manitoba, are collaborating on a […]

CCA displeased by Supreme Court of Canada decision to dismiss appeal on use of reprisal clauses in British Columbia

The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) is displeased to learn that the Supreme Court of Canada has dismissed an appeal brought forward by contractor, J. Cote & Son Excavating. Last week’s decision effectively upholds the use of “reprisal clauses” in tender documents. The clause used by the City of Burnaby against J. Cote & Son Excavating […]

THINK BIG SPOTLIGHT – Think BIG Quarter 1

The Quarter 1 2020 issue of Think BIG is on its way!

SARM seeks inspectors for 1,436 rural bridges

The Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM) is seeking a contractor to inspect every rural bridge in the province over a three-year period. Read more from the Regina Leader-Post. 

WCB approves 2020 premium rates

The Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) has approved the 2020 average employer premium rate of $1.17 per hundred dollars of payroll. This is the same rate as 2019, marking the first time in 12 years the average premium rate has not dropped. “While our average premium rate hasn’t changed from last year’s rate, average premium […]

HCSAS AGM awards banquet is March 27

The Heavy Construction Safety Association of Saskatchewan is hosting its AGM Awards Banquet on March 27, 2020 in Regina. Register here.

SUMA’s 115th annual convention is February 2–5 in Regina

SHCA members are encouraged to attend SUMA’s largest annual event in Regina; the theme of the event is Building Sustainable Hometowns. Download the event brochure and register on SUMA’s website.

SARM’s 2020 annual convention is March 9 – 12 in Regina

SHCA members are encouraged to attend SARM’s largest annual event in Regina, beginning March 9. There is no registration fee and everyone is invited to attend. Learn more: SARM Annual Convention.

Grow Your Business in 2020

Reduced 2020 ad rates for SHCA members! The 2020 SHCA Rental Rates Guide and Membership Roster is currently open for advertising sales! Book your advertising space today by calling the Lester office: 204-953-2189 or emailing adsales@lesterpublications.com. At Lester, the official publishing partner of SHCA, we understand that times are tough for construction companies in Saskatchewan. But […]