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Greater compliance on civil engineering and roadwork sites this summer: the CCQ rates its operation positively

September 27, 2016

The operation conducted by the CCQ  in the civil engineering and roadwork sector in July and August 2016 was a success. An increased presence on construction sites, combined with awareness-raising efforts aimed at the main stakeholders and work providers in this construction sector, led to a significantly higher compliance rate.

“We observe that non-compliance has dropped by a third,” stated Jean-Guy Gagnon, vice-president of operations for the CCQ. “Last summer, infractions were observed during more than 15% of visits by our inspectors, a rate that decreased to 10% this year. This is a very positive result, proving the effectiveness of the operation.”

The operational objectives were achieved. During the two months that the operation was active, the CCQ was more present than ever before on civil engineering and roadwork sites. The organization’s inspectors visited 597 sites, conducting a total of 947 visits, and met with 4,736 stakeholders and workers.

As these interventions in the field were taking place, the CCQ also took the time to meet with a number of important actors to inform them of the general direction of the operation and to answer their questions. Among these actors were the Ministère des Transports, the Ville de Montréal, and the Ville de Québec.

Awareness raising and dialogue are important aspects of the CCQ’s approach. “During the operation this summer, we had excellent cooperation from the different organizations we met with,” noted Gagnon. “Sometimes, an effective meeting is enough to encourage the adoption of compliant behaviours. At other times, when we are meeting with ‘chronic violators,’ an intervention strategy with a greater deterrent is necessary.”

Among the 201 noncompliant situations detected by the CCQ inspectors during the operation, most of them, 158, were related to not holding a competency certificate. In the next few weeks, these files will be sent to the Directeur des poursuites criminelles et pénales, who is responsible for assessing the evidence transmitted and issuing a statement of offence, if applicable.