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Barriers to Competitiveness report identifies issues the construction industry now faces

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By: Staff Report

The Top 10 Barriers to Competitiveness report, released February 12 by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce,  stressed the importance of ongoing infrastructure investment, the need for increased innovation and productivity. The report also ranked the number one issue impacting Canada as the need to address the skills shortage.
“For the Canadian construction industry, this report highlights much of what our members across Canada are now facing as barriers to their own competiveness,” said Michael Atkinson, president of the Canadian Construction Association. “As an industry, we are pleased to see those issues being brought up in discussions across Canada, and hope that our industry, amongst others, can assist in finding solutions to these barriers.”
This is the second year the chamber has released its Top 10 report. Like last year, infrastructure, innovation, productivity and labour remain prominent issues.

The skills shortage being faced across Canada has remained a prominent issue for the Canadian construction industry, as well as many other industries across Canada. The industry faces an impending shortage of 320,000 workers by 2020.
To view the report, visit http://www.chamber.ca/index.php/en/upcoming-events/C295/

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