The CCQ wants to promote the access, integration and retention of Aboriginal employees and businesses in the construction industry.
To achieve this, the CCQ has established certain objectives, such as:
- to nurture and maintain relations with Aboriginal communities, especially where major construction work is in progress or planned;
- to implement actions and initiatives to allow employees and businesses to enter the construction industry, taking their realities and specific needs into consideration;
- to find long- and short-term solutions to adapt our services to Aboriginal communities.
A variety of measures have been taken by the Commission de la construction du Québec (CCQ) to encourage the inclusion of Aboriginals in the construction industry:
- The CCQ implemented an action plan for the integration and retention of Aboriginals in the construction industry.
- The CCQ takes part in the 2017-2022 Government Action Plan for the Social and Cultural Development of the First Nations and Inuit in order to enhance the information intended for these communities, increase the construction industry’s awareness and knowledge of them and improve the customized services offered to Aboriginals throughout Quebec.
- With the support of the construction industry, major projects have been completed, such as the creation of the Nunavik region in 2017, as well as the introduction of regulatory measures to make it easier for Aboriginals to access upgrading activities.
- In collaboration with Aboriginal human resource development agencies, organizations responsible for education and training, Aboriginal businesses and regional partners, the CCQ organizes a variety of upgrading activities offered directly to Aboriginal communities, in locations such as Nunavik and the James Bay, Abitibi-Témiscamingue and Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean regions.
- In collaboration with these Aboriginal partners, and thanks to support from businesses, pilot projects are carried out to develop workers’ skills, encourage graduation and develop the employability of diploma-holding or experienced workers in certain Aboriginal communities.
- The CCQ offers personalized support and information services to Aboriginal workers and businesses for various procedures involved in accessing employment or remaining employed in the construction trades and occupations.
- The CCQ offers different information sessions to regional and local Aboriginal partners (band councils, school boards, employability groups, training centres or economic development groups). The CCQ also takes part in different promotional events intended for Aboriginals (job fairs, forums, career days), staffing a booth and providing workshops.
Measure in force
Automatic selection for CCGIC registration
Aboriginals with a diploma in an occupation who register for the Cours de connaissance générale de l’industrie de la construction (CCGIC) during the first registration period are automatically selected, if they are not chosen by random draw.
Labour Agreement between the Government of Québec and the Mohawk Council of Kahnawake
On December 4, 2014, the National Assembly adopted Bill 21, An Act Respecting Mainly the Implementation of Agreements on Labour between the Government of Quebec and the Mohawk Council of Kahnawake. This bill results from the Labour Agreement between the Government of Québec and the Mohawk Council of Kahnawake, which was approved by decree on July 24, 2014.
This agreement, which involves areas covered by Act R-20, makes it possible for the community of Kahnawake:
- To implement its own labour regime, which will have orientations and objectives similar to Québec’s
- To create a labour bureau, the mandate of which will be to interact with Quebec institutions
The Kahnawake labour bureau will be able, among other things:
- To qualify Mohawk workers in Kahnawake for work on its territory, including work on the Mercier Bridge
- To assume on its own all of the inspection responsibilities on the territory covered by the agreement, which includes the community of Kahnawake and all of the Mercier Bridge
Competency certificates issued by the CCQ will be recognized by the Kahnawake labour bureau for work performed on these territories.
Furthermore, the Agreement provides that agreements between the government and the Mohawk Band Council of Kahnawake may be concluded in the sectors covered by:
- The Act Respecting Industrial Accidents and Occupational Diseases
- The Building Act
- The Occupational Health and Safety Act
A liaison committee must be created to oversee implementation of the statute. This committee will be composed of representatives from:
- The Mohawk Council of Kahnawake
- The Régie du bâtiment du Québec
- The Commission des normes, de l'équité, de la santé et de la sécurité
- The Commission de la construction du Québec
Consult the Labour Agreement between the Government of Québec and the Mohawk Council of Kahnawake on the CCQ’s website, in the Publications section.