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Modular construction can help address Canada’s housing crisis, new report finds

CSA Public Policy Centre‘s new report, Seizing the Modular Opportunity, highlights how consideration needs to be given to modular construction. By standardizing components used in the manufacturing process, modular construction has the potential to reduce waste by as much 46 per cent. Due to the controlled production environment, it can also reduce construction emissions by up to 22 per cent.

Climate training for construction workers coming soon

Canada’s Building Trades Unions (CBTU) is setting out to up the entire building industry’s climate knowledge with a new training initiative focused on the role of the trades in addressing and adapting to climate change. The Building It Green project aims to "to enroll as many trades instructors as possible in a free, short online course on the basics of climate change followed by a more comprehensive in-person training session."

Additional funding to help Nova Scotians excel in skilled trades

Nova Scotia is increasing funding for the Work-based Trades Practical Assessment program and a training program run by the Nova Scotia Building Officials Association. Expanding support for the Work-based Trades Practical Assessment program, a partnership between the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency and the Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS), will increase the supply of skilled trades professionals in the province.

From the archives 

Hot stuff

It’s no mystery what your clients want out of their hot water tap: clean water at the right temperature…and fast. Industry standards call for a 10 second wait for hot water, but few of us get it that quick. Gary Klein of Gary Klein Associates, a California-based plumbing engineer, can explain where the wait comes from and how to calculate what a given piping configuration will deliver. By Gary Klein. » Read more...

Infill Opportunity

For the past 10 years or so, many established neighbourhoods have been dominated by infill housing and redevelopment. Nice homes on under-utilized lots have more value for redevelopment than as resale homes. We know all the arguments that renovations should be for the owner’s own enjoyment, and it is unrealistic to expect a 100 per cent return when the property is eventually sold. But if you are looking at recovering zero per cent on that upgrade because it adds nothing to the value of your “tear-down,” it changes the math. By Steve Ryan. » Read more...
The Hammer podcast 

The Hammer Episode #42: Aging and apprenticeships – with Vice-Chair Jack Slaughter and Jeremy Ambraska

Vice-Chair Jack Slaughter of the Ontario Labour Relations Board and Jeremy Ambraska, employment and labour lawyer with Sherrard Kuzz (Coos) LLP join this episode of the Hammer to discuss the aging workforce, apprenticeships and training within the construction sector. Vice Chair Slaughter and Ambraska engage in conversation with editor, Kaitlin Secord, about mentorship and knowledge transfer, the importance of diversity and inclusion, how to the construction industry’s status among prospective journeypersons and the importance of being a progressive employer. » Listen now!

Industry news 

FedDev Ontario invests $2.5M to support Hamilton modular manufacturer

The Government of Canada announced a $2.5-million investment towards the growth of BECC Modular, a manufacturing company providing turn-key modular homes for affordable housing projects. Through this investment, BECC will adopt more efficient steel frame manufacturing capabilities for modular home construction. As a result, the company is expected to produce up to 2,200 modular structures per year for single and multi-story buildings across Canada and abroad. » Read More...


Residential Service Electrician

Stronghold Electric, located in Calgary and serving the surrounding areas, is seeking a certified journeyman with residential experience. » Apply now

Full time Experienced Plumbers - Red Seal Not Necessary

JJ&A Mechanical, located in Surrey, B.C., is looking for experienced plumbers and/or experienced apprentices or gas fitters. » Apply now

Construction Estimator

Colonial Building Restoration, located in Scarborough, Ont., is seeking a construction estimator who will be responsible for preparing takeoffs for various industrial, commercial and, institutional restoration projects. » Apply now

Historic Restoration Carpenter Foreman

Roof Tile Management Inc. [RTM], located in Mississauga, Ont., is seeking a Historic Restoration Carpenter Foreman with experience in heritage construction. » Apply now