A Regina construction company is looking forward to seeing more people at work, after the federal government committed close to $900 million for infrastructure projects across Saskatchewan on Wednesday.
That money will be spent over a decade, on projects ranging from roads, transit and waste water to parks, culture and recreation.
“Everybody knows the economy’s slowed down over the last four, five years. This announcement is a lot of money. The trickle-down effect will hopefully help everybody,” Jonas Short, vice-president of BLS Asphalt, said.
“It’s going to help all industry, from bridge builders, underground sewer, water, road construction. All that stuff will benefit.”
Short, a board member for the Saskatchewan Heavy Construction Association, said it’s still too early to tell how much his industry will benefit as a result of the funding.
“Right now that hasn’t been specified exactly where the money’s going to go yet,” he said. “Any influx of money is positive.”
The government touted several benefits of its investment, including faster commutes, cleaner air, water and better internet connectivity for remote communities.
As well, fewer greenhouse gas emissions.
In the asphalt industry, businesses reduce their environmental impact by switching to modern equipment — paid for when jobs are out there said Short.
“That means when contracts are put out and awarded, contractors are able to go to the bank and say, we want to get this piece of equipment (because) we’ve got this job in front of us,” he said.