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Feb. 16, 2017 - Municipalities issued $7.2 billion worth of building permits in December, down 6.6% from November. Lower construction intentions were recorded for all components, led by commercial buildings and multi-family dwellings. In the residential sector, eight provinces posted declines while Ontario reported a record high.
Feb. 1, 2017 - After two years of decline, construction activity in Canada is expected to edge slightly higher this year. Growth overall will be slower and uneven across the provinces, with the anticipated start and finish of major projects and downturn in residential building. One of the biggest challenges across the entire industry this decade is offsetting the rapid retirement of an estimated 21 percent of the country's construction workforce, according to the latest labour market forecast released today by BuildForce Canada.
Jan. 19, 2017 - Municipalities issued $7.8 billion worth of building permits in November, down 0.1% from the previous month. The decline was largely the result of lower construction intentions in Alberta, following a spike the previous month due to impending changes to the Alberta Building Code.
I read with interest the article on the skilled trades workers protesting Bill 70 of the provincial government. The fight against this government initiative appears to be relying on hyperbole and scare tactics. Yet the initiative was required in part due to actions brought on by many skilled tradespersons. When the government set up the College of Trades, it turned over to the industry much of the power that the government had previously exercised itself in its attempt to do what was best for all Ontarians. Unfortunately, experience has proven that when one turns power over to a specific group, that group may choose to exercise that power to further its own best interests rather than the best interests of society as a whole.
Dec. 8, 2016 - Municipalities issued $7.6 billion worth of building permits in October, up 8.7% from September. Higher construction intentions for commercial structures and residential dwellings in Alberta were responsible for much of the gain, as builders filed permits in advance of the changes in the provincial Building Code.
Nov. 10, 2016 - The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) has released an app that provides instant access, on mobile devices, to useful workplace health and safety advice and information.
Nov. 10, 2016 - The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, visited Toronto Community Housing Wednesday to address key stakeholders in the field of housing, homelessness, childcare. During his visit, he highlighted important measures outlined in the Fall Economic Statement and related to social infrastructure. These measures aim to build stronger, more inclusive communities and improve the quality of life of the middle class and those working hard to join it.
Municipalities issued $6.9 billion worth of building permits in September, down 7.0% from August. Quebec, British Columbia and Ontario recorded the largest declines. The overall decrease was attributable to lower construction intentions for non-residential buildings, led by commercial structures.
Failing to plan is planning to fail. With budget season upon us, this is a great time to look beyond the day to day and capture your vision for 2017 and beyond. If you don’t already have a marketing plan, it need not be complicated. Depending on the resources available, an elaborate marketing plan is often not sustainable or achievable. Instead, a working marketing plan can be as simple as a spreadsheet with three tabs for Assumptions, Calendar and Budget. As the years go on, the tabs may expand but with trial and error, the information will only become more refined.
This summer I wanted a make a hire here at EuroVinyl Windows. I wanted a fresh set of eyes on the process of an order from the time it is received to the point at which it lands at our customers’ location. I knew what I wanted but was unsure where to go to find such a person or even a job title to plug into a search. “Process Engineer” seemed to have a good ring. A candidate possessing such a title, I assumed, could look at a process and, with engineering, design and implement an efficient workflow.
Our cover story this month is on Centennial Windows, one of Canada’s great success stories in the window manufacturing business. One interesting aspect of Centennial’s story is the way this company recognized early that energy-efficient window designs were going to be the wave of the future and jumped in with both feet to make an efficient window and to support the Energy Star program.
The future of Canada’s manufacturing sector will be shaped by our capacity to move away from the traditional manufacturing model, and instead leverage creativity, technology and innovation, reveals a new report released by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce during the Guelph Economic Leadership Forum. In Only the Smart Survive: How Canada Can Remain Competitive in Manufacturing, the Canadian Chamber examines how to reverse the decline in Canadian manufacturing through modern policies and incentives, particularly in sectors such as automotive, aerospace, clean-tech and biotech.
During the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) 2016 National Fall Conference, Michael Collins, partner and managing director of Building Industry Advisors, LLC, provided an economic overview and outlook of the window and door industry.
Municipalities issued $7.3 billion worth of building permits in August, up 10.4% from July. This marked the second consecutive monthly increase. The gain in August was mainly attributable to higher construction intentions in Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia.
Sept. 15, 2016 - Municipalities issued building permits worth $6.5 billion in July, up 0.8% from the previous month. The advance was largely the result of higher construction intentions for institutional and industrial buildings. Ontario and Alberta led the national increase.

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