Winter 2015 Issue News

B.C. Leads Growth Forecast

With the startup of major projects, B.C.’s construction job growth will lead all other provinces from now to 2024, according to the latest forecast released by BuildForce Canada.

“Big engineering projects are starting, and commercial and residential building is gaining momentum,” said Rosemary Sparks, executive director of BuildForce Canada. “These industry dynamics will create a lot of new construction jobs and the need for steady recruiting, hiring and training.”

With plans for major mining, infrastructure and LNG2 projects, 2015 marks the beginning of a strong growth period:

BuildForce Canada’s 2015-2024 Construction and Maintenance Looking Forward forecast shows most construction markets gaining strength each year through the forecast period. New resource projects set the stage, with employment levels rising by up to 70 percent by 2018. Growth is sustained beyond that by ongoing activity in industrial, commercial and institutional building. This will create short-term hiring peaks for select tradespeople in 2018. Job growth across most trades and occupations is expected to reach new historical highs by 2024.

BuildForce Canada’s Forecast Also Shows:

  • Employment rises by 16,000 jobs, or more than 20 percent, in non-residential construction across the forecast period.
  • Growth in residential renovation work will offset lower levels of new home construction, resulting in employment growth of 16 percent, or 6,700 jobs.
  • More than 39,000 workers will need to be hired over the next 10 years to offset rising retirements.

“Over 24 percent of the construction workforce is retiring this decade, and local employers need to plan for that,” added Sparks. “The industry is losing years of skill and experience that can’t be easily replaced.”

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The Canadian Association for Rainwater Management (CANARM) has announced a merger with ARCSA (American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association).

The merger with ARCSA, based in Tempe, AZ further strengthens the association’s position in rainwater. The combination of ARCSA’s experience, Accredited Professional (AP) Program and regional representatives along with CANARM’s specific goals will provide members more benefits including: training materials, regional representation and online education courses scheduled to launch later this year.

The integration of both organizations will take place over the next 3-6 months. CANARM will continue to operate under the same name joining ARCSA’s North American Division.

Waste Management System Breaks Ground In B.C.

ventilation interiorGround has been broken on North America’s first closed-loop waste management system in Surrey, B.C., with construction to begin this spring.

The project is located in Surrey’s Port Kells industrial area. It will convert the City’s kitchen and yard waste collected at curbside, along with commercial waste from across the region, into renewable natural gas.

The facility will be designed to receive and process 115,000 tonnes of organic waste annually. When completed, the facility will be the largest of its kind in Canada with a capacity to process 100 percent of the City’s organic waste over the 25-year contract term, along with commercial organic waste.

The facility is a public-private partnership (P3), with the government of Canada contributing up to 25 percent of the capital costs through its P3 Canada Fund.

“The Surrey organics biofuels processing facility, will deliver a long-term, modern approach to solid waste management that is environmentally responsible and safe for all surrounding communities. Canada needs to invest in modern and green infrastructure projects like these to be a world leader today and in the future, and public-private partnerships can help deliver these projects on time and on budget,” PPP Canada CEO John McBride said.

The facility is expected to be operational by 2017.

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