“We’re hopeful this financial support will aid
our members who have been struggling and
keep them busy for the foreseeable future.”
– Shantel Lipp
“As we’re well aware, early tendering is critical. More importantly, expediting
the awarding of contracts is even more so to allow contractors
to bid responsibly. Our members take on an extreme amount of risk during
a routine construction season. But this year is anything but routine.”
It is understood the bulk of this tender schedule includes most of the
road construction work for the 2021 season. The spring tender schedule
is expected to be considerably smaller.
Government stimulus money – and a lot of it – is on the way to several
rural and urban municipalities in the province.
“Over the next two years, our government will invest $7.5 billion dollars
in…highways, municipal infrastructure and other important capital
projects designed to build a strong Saskatchewan,” Premier Scott Moe
said in a prepared statement in May.
The funding represents a $2 billion increase over the government’s existing
capital plan. The resulting projects are expected to support close to
10,000 jobs. More than $300 million of the funds are intended for highway
projects, including surface upgrades and passing lanes, with almost
$50 million dedicated to upgrades to municipal roads and airports.
The stimulus funding will balance the need for smaller, short-term
projects to spark the economy and get people back to work. Longer-term,
large-scale projects that leverage multiple sectors will make an impact
over the next several years and beyond.
Approximately $1.37 billion of the new funding is committed for large
infrastructure projects to be announced in the future.
“We’re hopeful this financial support will aid our members who have
been struggling and keep them busy for the foreseeable future,” said Lipp.
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