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Consulting Engineers Pleased with Budget 2017 Infrastructure Investment - March 17, 2017

“The extensive investment in Alberta infrastructure is good news for Alberta and for the consulting engineers of our province,” says Kelly Yuzdepski, P.Eng President of the Consulting Engineers of Alberta (CEA). “We thank the provincial government for listening to our concerns and commend the counter cyclical investment in economy enhancing infrastructure.”

“We know it was a difficult decision and congratulate the government for understanding the necessity to maintain, construct and invest in infrastructure in down economic times. The benefits of lower prices and increased access to construction equipment and services will mean greater value for the dollars spent,” adds Yuzdepski.

“During past economic downturns when infrastructure investment was curtailed we created a significant infrastructure deficit in our province.  Further, many engineers left Alberta for opportunities elsewhere and young people were less inclined to pursue engineering professions. When the economy rebounded, we had critical infrastructure gaps and there was a shortage of consulting engineers to meet an accelerating demand, which was difficult for many firms,” adds Yuzdepski.

“The Consulting Engineers of Alberta have always supported economy enhancing infrastructure spending during slow economic times.  Costs are lower and available expertise is readily available. The design and building of roads, bridges, transit and facilities such as schools and hospitals is a wise investment that will help our economy rebound and will in the long term enable our economy to thrive,” states Yuzdepski.

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