Canada is prepared to begin talks with the U.S. later this year about procurement issues on non-federal contracts, says Peter Van Loan, minister of international trade. The provision for such talks was part of a U.S.-Canada pact signed in February that deals with “Buy American” issues. Van Loan says he “indicated clearly” in an April 22 meeting with U.S. Trade Rep. Ron Kirk “that we’re prepared to go ahead with those discussions in the second half of this calendar year.” Van Loan says the pact gives Canada a waiver of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s “Buy American” requirements in
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.