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The National Trade Contractors Coalition of Canada (NTCCC) held its fall Board of Directors meeting on August 16, 2016 in Ottawa. In addition to meeting with federal officials to discuss the potential impact of Bill S-224, the 'Canada Prompt Payment Act', on the federal government and its departments, the Board also threw its support behind two other initiatives.

First, the NTCCC is supporting Bill C-243, which proposes to legislate the development of a national maternity assistance program strategy and to amend the Employment Insurance Act.  The NTCCC believes that removing barriers for women participating in the trades is a positive step, particularly because this legislation appears to be aimed at providing flexibility and there does not appear to be a cost to anyone. 

The Coalition is also concerned with employment insurance and apprentices.  The NTCCC wants all levels of government to accelerate the process for workers accessing employment insurance during in-school apprenticeship training.  Delays in accessing employment insurance could result in apprentices not fulfilling their financial obligations and even lead to their decision to drop out. 

HRAI is a member of the NTCCC.  For more information please contact: Scott Papp, Manager, Divisional Programs (Contractors) at spapp@hrai.ca or 1-800-267-2231 ext. 233