The Construction Industry in Quebec: Productivity Issues Go Beyond the Reforms of Act R-20

June 21, 2024

The Quebec government has just adopted the Act to modernize the construction industry, and the Centre for Productivity and Prosperity – Walter J. Somers Foundation (CPP) has now released a study concluding that these reforms will not be enough to improve the industry’s real productivity.

“The construction industry is at a turning point,” explains Robert Gagné, CPP Director and co-author of the study. “Its inability to generate real productivity gains in previous years has led to an untenable inflationary spiral, considering the infrastructure needs of the province. If we don’t manage to reverse this trend, the shock wave will affect more than the industry: the entire economy will suffer.”

In contrast with the conclusions of a study published in 2012, HEC Montréal researchers find that the industry’s performance has deteriorated substantially over the past ten years. “The lack of real productivity gains has weighed more heavily on production costs in Quebec, given the pressure of contributions payable by the employer,” notes Jonathan Deslauriers, co-author of the study. “To give an idea of size of the problem, these expenses are twice as high as in Ontario, according to the most recent data available.”

Given the extent of upcoming work in Quebec, changes concerning workforce mobility and diversity will not be enough to reverse this trend, in the authors’ opinion. The CPP suggests that easing the regulation of the residential construction sector would be a way of overcoming this impasse. “When it comes to productivity, this sector has always been the industry’s Achilles’ heel,” points out Deslauriers. “If it moved quickly, the government could accelerate growth in this sector and reduce pressure on prices.”

The researchers also recommend an in-depth examination of the industry’s governance framework. “Not only were the governing bodies unable to diagnose the productivity dilemma in time, but they also failed to react and to contain production costs. In hindsight, their inaction has had serious consequences,” concludes Gagné.

Go HERE for more information (French Only)

Source

Related Articles


Latest Articles


Changing Scene

  • Eureka Wins Red Dot Award for Atoll

    Eureka Wins Red Dot Award for Atoll

    July 16, 2024 Eureka is pleased to announce that its Atoll luminaire has received a Red Dot Design Award for Product Design. It is the 10th consecutive year that Eureka products have been honored with this prestigious award, which is a testament to the company’s consistency and relentless drive to design the best luminaires in… Read More…

  • Sarah Hansen Named Western Regional Sales Manager with Hammond Manufacturing 

    Sarah Hansen Named Western Regional Sales Manager with Hammond Manufacturing 

    July 15, 2024 Hammond Manufacturing is happy to announce that Sarah Hansen (nee Hammond) has accepted the position of Western Regional Sales Manager for the electrical enclosures division. This newly created position reflects Hammond’s commitment to continued growth of enclosure sales in Western Canada. “Sarah has spent the past thirteen years in leadership positions within… Read More…

  • ABB and NASCAR Reveal EV Prototype and Launch Electrification Innovation Partnership

    ABB and NASCAR Reveal EV Prototype and Launch Electrification Innovation Partnership

    July 15, 2024 ABB in the United States and NASCAR announced the ABB NASCAR Electrification Innovation Partnership and revealed a new EV prototype at the 2024 NASCAR Chicago Street Race. This partnership brings together world leaders in EV technology and auto racing to advance NASCAR’s strategic ambitions across electrification.   “ABB is a technology leader… Read More…

  • Nedco Introduces New General Manager at Nedco West

    Nedco Introduces New General Manager at Nedco West

    July 15, 2024 Nedco has announced Jay Frezell as the new General Manager of Nedco West, effective August 1st, 2024. “Jay brings over 25 years of experience in the datacom, power quality, and wire & cable industries. His impressive track record of success in distribution, sales, and manufacturing equips him with a deep understanding of… Read More…