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Canadian contractors land several NKBA awards

The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) Design + Industry Awards held its annual ceremony on February 11, 2021. These awards shine a spotlight on the design professionals whose work is elevating the kitchen and bath design, building and remodeling, outdoor living and living in place industries.

This one’s for the ladies – Promoting women in the construction trades

You’ve heard this one before: an estimated 257,100 workers across Canada will retire in the next decade, roughly 22 percent of the country’s 2019 construction labour force, while only 227,600 workers will enter the workforce during that same period, according to BuildForce Canada. That’s a shortfall of nearly 30,000 workers across the country just to maintain the current pool of workers, not including any additional workers needed to support growth. Where can we look for the workers we will need going forward?

The Hammer Episode #10: Building Back Better – Jim Mandeville, FirstOnSite

From wildfires to floods to ice storms, our country is no stranger to disasters that do significant property damage. And climate change appears to be driving more of them every year. Jim Mandeville and FirstOnSite are, as the name suggests, some of the first people on site when disaster hits and they do important work coordinating the efforts to mitigate damage and rebuild afterwards. As such, Jim has had the chance to work with local home renovation contractors across the country who form a critical part of these rebuilding efforts. He’s seen a lot of wild stuff, and he knows a lot about the special challenges of reconstructing people’s homes and businesses after some awful event has taken them away.
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Seniors would like to build without basements

Warren has some questions about the feasibility of slab-on-grade construction in the Niagara region. As Paul Duffy pointed out, there’s really no reason why we can’t build this way in Canada. What are your thoughts on basement-free buildings? » Read more

Employers need to get apprentices in at ground level

Chad has some thoughts on apprenticeships, sparked by this long complaint. » Read more

Don’t be a slob

This reader warns of loss of trust if you don’t keep your worksite clean. » Read more
Women In Construction

Driving change in construction

Women are a catalyst for change in Canada’s construction industry. Join us on March 8, International Women’s Day, for a live virtual event featuring a panel discussion with Marg Latham of CMC; Stephanie Rota of Carmelin Design Build; and Natalie Leonard, P. Eng. Register for Women in Construction today!
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Canadian Rental Mart

Date: March 24, 2021 » More info