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International Trade committee  I would agree that it needs to be a multi-faceted approach of the carrot and the stick in terms of providing incentives. There's the Canadian way and there's the U.S. way, and we usually find a way that's somewhere in between. I'd also like to say, in terms of context, that the

November 15th, 2022Committee meeting

Sean Strickland

International Trade committee  Union training innovation programs have a tremendous impact in terms of tens of millions of dollars in investment in union training centres across Canada. We have over 195 of them. We invest over $250 million of industry funds to train journeypeople and also apprentices. The unio

November 15th, 2022Committee meeting

Sean Strickland

International Trade committee  I would leave it to the industry experts, who have done a much deeper dive into the different segments of the Inflation Reduction Act. I would put a different spin on it. What we need to do in response is adopt some of the language to make sure we create good-paying union jobs a

November 15th, 2022Committee meeting

Sean Strickland

International Trade committee  Sure. Thank you for the question. The labour mobility tax deduction treats a worker more fairly than a tax credit would, so we were really pleased that the tax deduction was included in the last federal budget. Previously, construction workers weren't allowed to deduct travel ex

November 15th, 2022Committee meeting

Sean Strickland

International Trade committee  Thank you very much for the question. It's been alluded to previously by other witnesses that we have a labour availability challenge in Canada in a variety of sectors. One of them is construction. We bring in thousands of apprentices every year to the unionized industry, just t

November 15th, 2022Committee meeting

Sean Strickland

International Trade committee  They're all good-paying union jobs. All the proponents for small modular reactors in Canada are signing MOUs with unions to make sure that those are built using union labour as well.

November 15th, 2022Committee meeting

Sean Strickland

International Trade committee  Thank you for the question. Part of my comments has always been centred around pursuing our competitive advantage in responding to the IRA. I think nuclear is one of our competitive advantages. We have a strong track record of nuclear in Ontario. We have a strong track record of

November 15th, 2022Committee meeting

Sean Strickland

International Trade committee  I think it would be fairly easy. Through regulation or through the process of applying for a tax credit, that application includes a commitment from the proponent that they are going to create well-paying union jobs and make a commitment to apprenticeship. I think it's pretty str

November 15th, 2022Committee meeting

Sean Strickland

International Trade committee  I think that, up until the Inflation Reduction Act, Canada was doing a very good job. Canada continues to do a very good job according to my daily business of talking to proponents of major infrastructure projects. You know that there are hydrogen projects in Newfoundland that ar

November 15th, 2022Committee meeting

Sean Strickland

International Trade committee  Thank you very much, Madam Chair and members of the committee. Thank you for the opportunity to address the committee on the potential trade impacts of the United States Inflation Reduction Act on workers in Canada. My name is Sean Strickland and I'm the executive director of Ca

November 15th, 2022Committee meeting

Sean Strickland

Transport committee  Certainly. I think the more harmonization we can do across Canada, the better it is for workers and for the Canadian economy. In terms of the harmonization of the skilled trades, we have made some good advancements with the Red Seal trades and the Gold Seal certifications. The

October 26th, 2022Committee meeting

Sean Strickland

Transport committee  Well, I would agree with you that in the province of Ontario, which is also my home province, the government has done a really good job of promoting skilled trades with career options and opportunities, largely through the work of Minister McNaughton. I would disagree with you w

October 26th, 2022Committee meeting

Sean Strickland

Transport committee  Maybe I could take that, MP Koutrakis, with the consent of the Chair. In the unionized construction industry, we work hand in hand with our employers. If our union contractors aren't going to work, our union members aren't going to work. When it comes to labour force developme

October 26th, 2022Committee meeting

Sean Strickland

Transport committee  Thank you very much, Mr. Chair and members of the committee. I really appreciate the opportunity to address you today on the issue of labour availability in the transportation sector. My name is Sean Strickland. I'm the executive director of Canada's Building Trades Unions. I re

October 26th, 2022Committee meeting

Sean Strickland

Finance committee  Absolutely, MP MacDonald. That's a great question. The Atlantic pilot project is something we're looking at as a possible path forward for a construction pilot project. I don't really know what the number is in Ontario. I know what the demand is, based on having conversations w

May 16th, 2022Committee meeting

Sean Strickland