Association de la construction du Québec

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ACQ and The Construction Industry in Québec

The Association de la construction du Québec, a major player in Québec’s construction industry, actively promotes new practices in construction, health & safety, labour relations, technological innovation and sustainable building.

WE SUPPORT CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTORS

Over the years, the ACQ has established itself as the largest voluntary-membership multi-sectoral group in the industry. As the sole bargaining agent for all employers in the institutional-commercial and industrial sectors, the ACQ represents some 17,000 companies that generate more than 60% of total hours worked and reported in the industry.

Not only does the ACQ play an active and trusted role in making decisions about the industry as a whole, but it offers its members a wealth of tools and services through an extensive network of 10 regional associations established in 17 cities throughout Québec.

About the ACQ

OUR AREAS OF ACTIVITY

Industrial Sector

The industrial sector encompasses the construction of buildings, including the systems and equipment physically attached to these buildings or not, used primarily for carrying out an economic activity by exploiting mineral wealth, processing raw materials and producing goods.

Examples of construction: food production plant, auto part manufacturing plant.

Institutional and Commercial Sector

The institutional and commercial sector encompasses the construction of buildings, including the systems and equipment physically attached to these buildings or not, used primarily for institutional or commercial purposes as well as any construction that cannot be included in the residential, industrial and civil engineering and roadwork sectors.

Examples of construction: school, hospital, grocery store, car dealership.

Residential Sector

The residential sector encompasses the construction of buildings, including the systems and equipment physically attached to these buildings or not, for which more than 85% of the surface area, excluding parking spaces, is used for housing and the number of above-ground storeys, excluding any part of the basement and any façade of the building or group of buildings, does not exceed six in the case of new buildings or eight in other cases.

Examples of construction: house, condominium, plex, renovation.

Economic outlook in construction

The ACQ Economic department informs companies about the evolution of the construction industry by analyzing, with statistics, the trends emerging for all construction sectors. It also monitors the evolution of construction costs in Québec compared to other Canadian provinces.

The economist also plays a key role in various issues by preparing the economic argumentation in the context of:

  • Negotiating IC/I collective agreements
  • Preparing briefs filed by the ACQ concerning various legislation
  • Developing files of strategic importance for the ACQ and its members.

This information is disseminated on our various platforms, including our website, social networks, our annual convention and news releases.