Opportunities

Construction Projects

  • BuildForce Canada's Construction Map App

    BuildForce Canada's Construction Map App maps major resource construction projects across Canada, focusing on a select group of projects in mining, oil and gas, electrical generation and transmission, pipelines and transit. These projects individually and/or collectively have a significant impact on construction labour demand within a region. The map includes only those projects that are in the public domain.

  • Inventory of Major Alberta Projects

    Inventory of Major Alberta Projects is an application that identifies projects that are currently being planned, carried out, and completed across Alberta. You can filter projects by location, industry, project status, and cost to create your own customized report.

Procurement and Contracting Opportunities

  • JobSite123

    jobsite123.ca was developed via a partnership between Merit Alberta and U.S.-based jobsite123.com to serve the entire Canadian construction industry. jobsite123 is an instant prequalification tool for commercial construction buyers that doubles as a marketing tool for industry sellers.

  • Integrated Contracting and Procurment System (ICAPS - formerly VRAES)

    The Vendor Registry for Architectural and Engineering Services (VRAES) is now located within ICAPS, a consolidation of Alberta Infrastructure applications used in the procurement and contracting of consultants and contractors for infrastructure projects.

  • Link2Build

    Link2Build - an online portal that consolidates construction bidding opportunities from the electronic plansrooms of local construction associations across the country was launched in February 2011.

    It is a single window through which contractors gain access to more than 20,000 private and public-sector bid opportunities in Ontario, Quebec, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and the Atlantic provinces.

  • Alberta projects

    The Inventory of Major Alberta Projects is produced by Alberta Finance and Enterprise to assist firms in identifying potential supply opportunities.

  • Alberta Infrastructure

    Go to the Alberta Infrastructure's tendering and contracting opportunities pages for information on how to offer your services and bid on projects from Alberta Infrastructure.

  • Electronic Plan Room (EPR)

    Public access to construction procurement opportunities is available via the Electronic Plan Room (EPR). Tendering authorities are encouraged to provide project tender information and documents to the EPR at no charge. A nominal fee is charged for downloading or printing hardcopy tender documents.

    You can access the EPR through:

  • Alberta Purchasing Connection

    The Alberta Purchasing Connection (APC) is an easy to use tool that lets public and private sector users manage, advertise, distribute and download public purchasing opportunities for goods, services and construction for the Government of Alberta.

  • MERX Canadian Public Tenders

    Are you interested in doing business with the Canadian public sector? MERX Canadian Public Tenders is an easy, fast and efficient prospecting tool to help your business grow. New opportunities are listed daily from all levels of government including the Federal and Provincial governments as well as the MASH sector (Municipal, Academic, School Boards and Hospitals) from across Canada. To access the MERX website visit: MERX.com.

Market Information

  • Heavy Industrial Construction Labour Recruitment Resources (PDF) A list of links related to labour recruitment for heavy industrial construction, including job websites, job fairs, publications, labour forecasts, labour providers, certification, and more.
  • COAA Workforce Challenges in Alberta - a Position Report: Canada is facing a shortage of construction workers over the next decade. According to Buildforce (formerly the Construction Sector Council), the industry will need to recruit an estimated 320,000 workers from 2011 to 2019. In this report, the Construction Owners Association of Alberta makes recommendations on what governments and industry can do to address this upcoming shortage.
  • Lump Sum Contracting on Western Canadian Oil and Gas Capital Projects: Industry Opinion: This report was completed for Alberta Finance and Enterprise by Dr. George Jergeas and Jacqueline O'Toole. This report:

    • Identifies the major drivers, positive and negative to the lump sum contracting strategy.
    • Summarizes industry opinion on the application and perceptions around lump sum contracting.
    • Highlights the major risks to the use of this contracting strategy.
  • Construction Owners Association of Alberta (COAA): COAA in cooperation with the Construction Industry Institute (CII) at the University of Texas, has developed a benchmarking system that assesses project performance by looking at certain characteristics of major industrial (oil sands) construction projects in Alberta. Using quantitative evidence, the Alberta Report dispels common myths regarding the competitiveness of industrial project execution in Alberta while establishing a solid footing for the future execution of industrial projects in Alberta.

  • Improving Construction Productivity on Alberta Oil and Gas Capital Projects: This report was completed for Alberta Finance and Enterprise by professor George Jergeas of the Schulich School of Engineering at the University of Calgary. This report:

    • Identifies productivity improvement needs and factors affecting construction and productivity for oil and gas capital projects.
    • Categorizes and prioritizes these productivity factors.
    • Determines gaps in available construction productivity literature programs, services, and information.
  • Construction Forecasts

    Buildforce's Construction Forecasts provide labour market information for Canada and Alberta, and identify economic conditions, trends, and major projects that affect the construction industry.

For more insight into Alberta's engineering and construction industry market, visit:

Exporting

A number of Alberta's firms are exporting consulting engineering and geoscience services. There is special emphasis in such areas as:

  • hazardous waste and environmental engineering
  • hydrocarbon exploration, development, production, processing and upgrading
  • permafrost and cold weather engineering
  • pipeline and SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition)
  • public infrastructure, transportation planning and systems engineering
  • thermal power generation and cogeneration
  • water supply, water resources management, water and waste treatment

Alberta's consulting engineers are the preferred choice in many developing regions of the world. The potential to expand Alberta's export business is good and growth in international business is anticipated.

The sector will continue to grow, with the increased use of programs to support proposals. Some of these programs include:

Exporting News

Wales UK Construction Sector Newsletter, Issue 1 (February 2014). The Welsh Government's Construction sector introduces their first newsletter, intended to keep readers up to date with key Welsh Government initiatives and news of interest to the construction industry.

The Exporting your products section of the website has information about exporting opportunities for Alberta Businesses. To learn more about these opportunities, browse the International market profiles.