8 Ways Covid-19 is Changing the Construction Industry in North America

Posted on May 25, 2020

In the span of two months, the coronavirus crisis has demanded sweeping changes from the construction industry in North America, and experts say many of them will remain in place even after the outbreak recedes.

As contractors prepare to return to work on sites that have been shut down by shelter-in-place initiatives, they will face an industry that has been drastically changed by both public health and economic effects of the pandemic.

Here are eight ways that COVID-19 has altered the construction industry for the near future and beyond.

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BC Construction Association Updates With the Latest on COVID-19 Protocols

Posted on Apr 23, 2020

The BC Construction Association provided the following updates on April 22:

Health Minister Adrian Dix thanked the industry and recognized Construction Month during the April 22 COVID-19 briefing, acknowledging the thousands of skilled tradespeople across BC working on critical infrastructure, and the significant adjustments that worksites have made to keep workers safe while continuing to operate as an essential service.

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Building Permit Values Up on Vancouver Island

Posted on Jun 7, 2019

Vancouver Island Construction Association

The Vancouver Island Construction Association (VICA) has released their first quarter report for building permits on Vancouver Island and Powell River.  Total building permits issued in the region during the first quarter of 2019 totalled $610.0 million, up 26 per cent from the fourth quarter of 2018.

Building permits were higher in most regional districts except in Alberni-Clayoquot and the Comox Valley. Large gains over the prior quarter occurred in the Nanaimo and Strathcona Regional districts. 

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Shortage of Workers A Growing Concern for BC Construction

Posted on Oct 29, 2018

The British Columbia Construction Association (BCAA) estimates 15,000 construction jobs will go unfilled this year and some subcontractors are hiring foreign illegal workers to deal with the shortage, according to the Oak Bay News. A survey by the Independent Contractors and Businesses Association of BC suggests while most companies are preparing for growth, 60 per cent of construction companies report a shortage of qualified workers.

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Building Links Releases Third-Quarter Construction Statistics

Posted on Oct 15, 2018

Building Links, the North Vancouver Island construction report has released its third quarter, year-to-date construction statistics, which compares the permits and construction values for the first 9 months of 2017 and 2018.

They report that total construction values for the Comox Valley and Campbell River now total $223 million for the year, with a $68 million increase from last year, and an $84 million increase from 2016.

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