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Saskatchewan Construction Safety Association and Saskatchewan Polytechnic partnership focuses on construction safety

MOU sets framework for a new partnership between the two institutions focused on construction safety


January 30, 2020 – The Saskatchewan Construction Safety Association (SCSA) and Saskatchewan Polytechnic signed a memorandum of understanding that will result in a strong foundation for a safe and healthy construction industry. This partnership will build upon the great work accomplished by the SCSA and Sask Polytech in the past and will explore opportunities to collaboratively engage more Saskatchewan learners in construction safety.

This five-year agreement will strengthen the SCSA and Sask Polytech partnership and explore the creation of systems to better support a safe, skilled, inclusive and productive trades workforce. Both organizations have a goal of increasing construction safety participation from youth, as well as underrepresented groups including women, Indigenous learners and learners in remote communities. 

“Our working relationship with Sask Polytech’s Joseph A. Remai School of Construction is one that brings increasing value to the construction industry and to learners entering the industry,” says Collin Pullar, president SCSA. “We are particularly happy about the recent expansion of this partnership and its implications for helping us achieve our goal of becoming the safest construction environment in Canada. This agreement ensures that a broader range of workers and future construction leaders have the skills to be successful and safe.”

“Sask Polytech takes our commitment to safety seriously,” says Paul Carter, dean of Sask Polytech’s Joseph A. Remai School of Construction. “We are pleased to formalize our long-standing relationship with the SCSA. This five-year agreement will strengthen our great working relationship and create new and exciting construction safety training opportunities for learners in Saskatchewan.”

The SCSA and the Sask Polytech are construction safety training partners. In 2018 the SCSA provided Joseph A. Remai School of Construction students with Safety Construction Orientation Training (SCOT®) at no cost. SCOT is recognized throughout the Saskatchewan construction industry as a base safety orientation in the residential, commercial, and industrial sectors. In 2019 the SCSA and Sask Polytech started to offer reciprocal course credit recognition of prior learning between the SCSA’s National Construction Safety Officer (NCSO®) courses and Sask Polytech’s Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) certificate.