COVID-19: Increased Restrictions Across the Province

November 10, 2020

Earlier today, Dr. Brent Roussin announced further restrictions will be coming in to place across the entire province of Manitoba. For details on the restrictions and what they mean for the construction industry, click here.

COVID-19: Winnipeg goes Red

November 2, 2020

As of 12:01 a.m. on Monday, November 2 the Winnipeg Capital Region has been designated as RED (Critical) on the COVID-19 response plan, while the rest of the province moved to ORANGE (Restricted). For details on what this means for construction, click here.

COVID-19: Preparing for the Worst webinar recording

October 21, 2020

On Wednesday, October 21 WCA hosted an industry forum on COVID-19: Preparing for the worst. WCA President Ron Hambley was on hand to moderate and we had three expert industry panelists speak on actionable steps contractors can take to prepare for the possibility of a positive test on their site, a province-wide construction shut down and more.

What happens if an employee tests positive for COVID-19?

October 13, 2020

The Construction Safety Association of Manitoba has released a step-by-step guide on what to do if an employee tests positive for COVID-19. You can find it here.

Winnipeg moves to Restricted (Orange) level

September 25, 2020

As of Monday, Winnipeg will be designated as Restricted (Orange) under the provincial Pandemic Response System. Here's what that means for members:

BuildWorks 101 Webinar now available

September 23, 2020

If you missed our BuildWorks 101 webinar on September 11, a recording is now available here.

Fall Golf Tournament Winners

September 11, 2020

WCA members enjoyed a beautiful day at Minnewasta Golf & Country Club on September 10. Congratulations to all our winners:

South Perimeter Design Study

August 27, 2020

The province has released its long-awaited design study for the south perimeter - click here for details.

June 17 COVID-19 Update

June 17, 2020

The province announced phase 3 of its re-opening plan will begin on June 21. What does that mean for construction?

Manitoba Restart Program Projects

June 12, 2020

On Wednesday June 10, the province announced the projects which would be receiving funding under the Manitoba Restart Program. Click here for our thoughts.

May 19 COVID-19 Update

May 19, 2020

Today's update includes important changes to how the City of Winnipeg provides contracts to contractors.

May 7 COVID-19 Update

May 7, 2020

Today's update includes our take on the Manitoba Restart Program.

April 27 COVID-19 Update

April 27, 2020

Today's COVID-19 update has information on the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy, which opened for applications today.

April 23 COVID-19 Update

April 23, 2020

Today's COVID-19 update has an important development on the status of inter-provincial travel.

April 22 COVID-19 update

April 22, 2020

Today's update has news on a new provincial plan to help out small and medium businesses affected by the pandemic.

April 21 COVID-19 Update

April 21, 2020

Today's update has information on the CEWS, a rebate from WCB and more.

April 16 COVID-19 Update

April 16, 2020

Today's update features info on the new public health order, the updated CEBA and N95 masks.

April 15 COVID-19 Update

April 16, 2020

Today's update includes CSAM's best practices, info on the CERB expansion and a note on hand sanitizer sales

April 13 COVID-19 Update

April 13, 2020

The CEWS achieves royal assent - plus, we've got more hand sanitizer for members.

April 8 COVID-19 Update

April 8, 2020

Today's COVID-19 update has details on the relaxed paramters needed to qualify for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy.

April 7 COVID-19 Update

April 7, 2020

Today's COVID-19 bulleting, featuring an update on how the Canadian Construction Association is advocating for its members, is now available.

April 6 COVID-19 Update

April 6, 2020

Today's update includes information on the opening of the CERB portal, as well as the possibility that both the CERB and the CEWS will be expanding.

April 3 COVID-19 Update

April 3, 2020

Notes on what types of construction in Ontario remain essential and tax deferrals from the government of Manitoba and the City of Winnipeg.

April 1 COVID-19 Update

April 2, 2020

Today's update has new details on the federal wage subsidy, and guidelines from CSAM on working in occupied spaces.

March 30 COVID-19 Update

March 30, 2020

Two big stories in today's COVID-19 update: Construction deemed a critical service and more details on the 75% wage subsidy.

March 27 COVID-19 Update

March 27, 2020

Today's COVID-19 update includes information on the 75% payroll subsidy, WCB Premium deferrals and more.

March 26 COVID-19 Update

March 26, 2020

Today's update contains a statement from WCA and launches our new COVID-19 resource website.

March 25 COVID-19 Update

March 25, 2020

Today's COVID-19 update features a breakdown of the federal government's new Canadian Emergency Response Benefit along with much more.

March 24 COVID-19 Update

March 24, 2020

Today's update tried to answer the question: Are construction sites considered essential businesses?

March 23 COVID-19 Update

March 23, 2020

Today's update has information on what precautions construction sites should be taking, a call for extra N95 masks, an update on the Wage Subsidy Program and more.

March 19 COVID-19 Update

March 19, 2020

Today's COVID-19 update digs deeper into the announced federal programs, clarifies the City of Winnipeg's permit situation and talks about some changes happening at the WCA office.

March 18 COVID-19 Update

March 18, 2020

Our latest update on COVID-19 deals with the Federal aid programs, Business best practices and City permit inspection cancellations.

March 17 COVID-19 Update

March 17, 2020

As we continue to move through the Coronavirus / COVID-19 epidemic, we wanted to provide our members an update on how WCA is dealing with the situation, as well as provide your with a few resources you may need.

WCA Response to EPC's PPD Report

March 17, 2020

The City of Winnipeg's Executive Policy Committee is set to discuss a report on "Organizational Improvement Update of the Planning, Property and Development Department" during March 17's EPC Meeting. WCA has sent EPC a letter outlining our views on the report. Click here for more.

WCA Update on Coronavirus / COVID-19

March 13, 2020

To read about the measures WCA is taking for our education sessions and events during the Coronavirus outbreak, click here.

Industry Update - Coronavirus / COVID-19

March 11, 2020

Over the last few weeks you've know doubt heard about the spread of the Coronavirus / COVID-19. We wanted to let our members know of how this pandemic can affect their business, what steps they should be taking and to provide them with a few resources.

WCA Board of Directors 2020

February 21, 2020

WCA elected its 2020 Board of Directors on February 20th at the RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg. Click here to see the full slate.

Industry Snapshot - Winter 2019

February 18, 2020

The Winter 2019 Industry Snapshot is now available. Click here to download a PDF.

WCA Provincial Budget Submission

February 7, 2020

WCA recently provided the Minister of Finance with our Budget submission for 2020. Click here for more.

Accessibility of Public Spaces submission

January 22, 2020

WCA has provided a submission to the proposed standard for outdoor public spaces for disability access. Our main concern we wished to highlight was that during the transition to the new standard there needs to be very good communication with engineers and architects to ensure drawings incorporate the new standards.

WCA Raises Red Tape and Budget Concerns

December 4, 2019

WCA raised some concerns about permit costs and red tape within the City of Winnipeg's Planning, Property and Development Department. Click here for the full story.

WCA launches quarterly Industry Snapshot

November 26, 2019

In conjunction with National Construction Day, WCA has launched a quarterly Industry Snapshot, giving our members a quick overview of some key metrics to indicate how the industry is performing in Manitoba. Click here to check it out.

Rising Premiums for Wrap-Up Insurance

November 12, 2019

A number of our members have pointed out a dramatic increase in wrap-up insurance. Click here for details.

WCA sees City of Winnipeg investigation as crucial first step in improving inspection process

September 11, 2019

The City of Winnipeg has released the results of an internal investigation into the conduct of building inspectors who were found to be neglecting their duties on the job. The investigation led to eight inspectors being fired and seven more being disciplined.

Political Parties Respond to WCA's Four Pillars

September 6, 2019

Before the Provincial Election was officially launched, WCA sent out questionnaires to the Progressive Conservatives, NDP and Manitoba Liberals asking each of them how their government would address WCA's Four Policy Pillars.

Winnipeg Construction Association Releases Provincial Election Policy Priorities

August 7, 2019

With a provincial election coming in one month, the Winnipeg Construction Association has announced the four Policy Pillars it will be promoting to build a strong construction industry in Manitoba.  

Summer Edition of Build Manitoba now available

July 18, 2019

The Summer Edition of Build Manitoba, WCA's industry magazine, is now available here.

WCA Launches Election Campaign

July 17, 2019

Manitobans will be heading to the polls to elect a new provincial government in less than two months. At WCA, we want to make sure our members, as well as election candidates, are aware of the issues we're advocating for to help the construction industry thrive in our province. Visit our election website,, to read about our policy priorities heading into the election.


Provincial Blackout Begins

June 13, 2019

The Manitoba Government has imposed an advertising blackout effective June 12. In the past, that's led to an interruption of tenders of provincial projects. Click here for more.

Province releases Planning, Zoning and Permitting Recommendations

June 11, 2019

On Tuedsay, June 11, the Province of Manitoba released the recommendations of the Planning, Zoning and Permitting Review. The release included 12 recommendations. Click here for more. 

Proposed Prompt Payment bill introduced into Manitoba Legislature

June 3, 2019

Today, during the final sitting day of the Spring Legislative Session, Reg Helwer, MLA for Brandon West, introduced Private Member’s Bill 245, The Prompt Payments in the Construction Industry Act to the Manitoba Legislature. 

WCA Submission to the Winnipeg Red Tape reduction review

May 31, 2019

WCA recently provided a submission to the City of Winnipeg red tape review. In this submission we outlined our concerns with permit processing times, the proposed Site Plan Compliance Regime, and difficulties in scheduling inspections.

WCA Submission to Education Review

May 31, 2019

The Winnipeg Construction Association recently provided a submission to the Manitoba Commission on Kindergarten to Grade 12 Education. In this submission we provided support for the High School Apprentice Program (HSAP) and suggested that more could be done to inform students on career options in construction. 

WCA Looking Forward to Helping Improve Permit Process in Manitoba

May 29, 2019

The Manitoba Government released the findings of the Treasury Board Secretariat’s (TBS) planning, zoning and permitting review yesterday, covering issues with the planning, zoning and permitting activities across the province including Manitoba Hydro, the Office of the Fire Commission and the City of Winnipeg. The Winnipeg Construction Association welcomes the report, and is looking forward to helping improve planning, zoning and permitting in Manitoba.

Province Releases Report on Advertising during elections

May 1, 2019

The Province of Manitoba has released a report concerning advertising during election periods. WCA contributed to this review due to concerns about Provncial tenders stopping during election periods. Click here for more.

Government Relations Committee Membership

April 30, 2019

The WCA is calling for Expressions of Interest for membership in a newly formed Government Relations Standing Committee. Click here for details.

WCA takes home Gold at CCA Awards

March 27, 2019

WCA was honoured to accept the 2018 CCA Gold Seal Association Award at CCA's annual conference on March 27. The Canadian Construction Association chose WCA for the award for its dedication in working with Gold Seal at the committee level, in addition to its ongoing support of the program at its own offices. Click here for more.

PST Cut Transition Period

March 13, 2019

On March 7, the Manitoba Government released Budget 2019, which was highlighted by a 1% cut to the PST effective July 1. What does that mean for construction companies entering into contacts? Click here to read a letter from WCA President Ron Hambley to our members.

Provincial Budget 2019

March 8, 2019

The Province of Manitoba tabled it's 2019 Budget on Thursday, March 7. The budget is light on infrastructure and heavy on reaching election commitments. Click here for more.

2019 City of Winnipeg Budget

March 4, 2019

The City of Winnipeg released its annual budget on Friday March 1 - click here to see what it means for the local construction industry.

WCA's 2019 Board of Directors

February 21, 2019

WCA's 2019 Board of Directors was confirmed on February 20th at our annual general meeting. To see this year's Board, click here.

Updated Manitoba Trade Definitions

February 6, 2019

After months of work from dozens of industry members, we're happy to release an updated version of the Manitoba Trade Definitions. For more details, and to download the updated document for free, click here.

Welcome to the New

January 23, 2019

Welcome to the all-new!

Our new website is designed to run seamlessly with our new Association Management System, which is called DNA. This new system will allow members to access member pricing on Construction Documents, member pricing on Events & Education Sessions, and update your company & personal information directly from the website.

Winter Edition of Build Manitoba available now

December 20, 2018

The Winter 2018 Edition of Build Manitoba, the WCA magazine, is now available at this link.