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More workers are building housing in Canada, but labour shortages remain

Statistics Canada released a new analysis of the construction industry's employment numbers. According to the recent analysis, in addition to zoning, fees, permits, cost of materials and other challenges involved in getting shovels in the ground to meet the demand for housing, having enough labour to build it all and the cost of wages is a common concern.

2020 editions of the National Model Codes open for public review

The Canadian Board for Harmonized Construction Codes (CBHCC) invites code users, the Codes community, and the public to participate in the winter 2024 public review of proposed changes to the 2020 editions of the National Model Codes. The proposed changes included in this public review address the following topics in the National Building Code of Canada, the National Fire Code of Canada, the National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings, and the National Plumbing Code of Canada.

Manitoba appoints new chair of Apprenticeship Board

The Manitoba government has appointed Tanya Palson, executive director of the Manitoba Building Trades, as the new chair of the Manitoba Apprenticeship Board. Minister Jamie Moses noted these appointments are part of the Manitoba government’s efforts to refocus on the development of frontline jobs and skills that build the province’s economic development.


Sanipit® 24 GR CB: Simplify New Sewage Pit Installations

SFA Saniflio’s Sanipit® 24 GR CB pre-assembled grinding pump kit is the ultimate solution for new sewage pit installations. The heavy-duty 24 x 24 basin has a powerful 1-HP motor, stainless steel grinder blades, and triple-pressure switches to ensure reliability and redundancy for optimal performance and can pump sewage up to 25 ft with a maximum shut-off head of 33 ft. Life expectancy is extended due to the control panel and visual/audible alarm system.

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Digitizing and streamlining development approvals

When it comes to tackling the housing supply and affordability crisis, we have a very tall mountain to climb. It is critical that we get our act together – and quickly. To move the needle here in Canada, we must find ways to get shovels in the ground quicker – for all types of housing. One way to do that is to streamline and digitize the development approvals process. Digitization would speed up the process. It would also reduce the cost of construction. By Richard Lyall. » Read more...

Leading Edge: Let private sector fix government’s housing debacle

It is important to understand that national housing starts in 2023 are not high relative to Canada’s population. In 1976, our population was about 23 million with housing starts of 273,000. In 2023 our population is 40 million with starts of 240,000. Relative to the populations, that’s a 41 per cent difference in new housing. Government hasn’t the resources nor the ability to have any real impact on supply by building homes. Instead, they should cap new fees and regulations, get out of the way, and let the private sector fix the housing debacle created by government. By Casey Edge. » 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!

The Hammer Special Episode: Western Retail Lumber Association’s Let’s Go Build program – with Liz Kovach

Liz Kovach, President of the Western Retail Lumber Association Inc., joins this special episode of The Hammer to discuss the association’s Let’s GO Build Program and their take on the recent labour market study. WRLA is a member-based organization that connects and educates the building supply industry in Western Canada to facilitate the growth of member businesses. Their Let’s Go Build program aims to enhance job opportunities and attract new talent in the lumber, building materials and hardgoods industry. Listen as Kovach and Canadian Contractor editor Kaitlin Secord discuss the future of the construction sector. » Listen now!

Women in Construction 2024 

Meet the speakers for Women in Construction 2024

The agenda is set for the Women in Construction 2024 virtual event next week, on Wednesday, March 7. This is your opportunity to engage in conversations with industry leaders, explore careers beyond the trades, discuss work-life balance, dive into the world of affinity groups, participate in interactive panels and more! » Check out our line up, and register now!


Hvac Mechanical Technician

Jaywal Mechanical, located in Bolton, Ont., are looking for an experienced gas fitter technician to support maintenance, trouble shooting, and installations of hvac systems. » Apply now


Brent Jansen Plumbing, located in Victoria, B.C., is seeking a plumber with a Journeyman certification. » Apply now

Construction Manager (Director)

Bruce Power, located in Tiverton, Ont., is seeking a construction manager who will be responsible for overall strategic and operational responsibility in providing safe, reliable and effective construction services for MCR. » Apply now

Skilled Labour

M2K Construction Ltd., located in Vancouver, are seeking skilled labourers with sound knowledge of construction and practical experience. » Apply now