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Province setting up construction advisory panel

Meeting three times annually, group would comprise industry and labour reps
construction site
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The province has announced it will establish a panel to advise the Ministry of Labour on a range of issues impacting the industry.

Announced by Labour Minister Monte McNaughton on Sept. 26, the proposed Construction Advisory Panel would provide input into issues including labour and employment law, the rise of new equipment and technologies, workplace health and safety, and injury prevention.

“Construction is a vital engine of growth for our economy, creating good quality jobs across our province. That's why it's important that we listen to and work closely with our construction partners,” McNaughton said in a news release.

“This is an opportunity for the construction sector to bring their issues, concerns and changing trends directly to me and our ministry.”

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The province said the panel would be comprised of eight to 12 members, including at least one representative of the industrial commercial and institutional sector; at least two representatives from the six other sectors of the construction industry; and at least two representatives from industry labour groups.

The ministry said the panel would meet three times a year with the labour minister.

The panel is designed to complement the provincial government’s other construction-related working groups and committees, such as the Construction Health and Safety Action Plan Advisory Group and the Provincial Labour-Management Health and Safety Committee.