Vancouver is starting this year off with an intended change for a greener planet. A conference called Resources for Future Generations (RFG 2018) will take place from June 16th to the 21st. This international conference is the first of its kind dedicated to the availability of resources needed to sustain future generations. The focus of the conference will be on energy, minerals, water, the Earth, resources and society. It will be hosted by the Canadian Federation of Earth Sciences (CFES), the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM), the Geological Association of Canada (GAC), and the Mineralogical Association of Canada (MAC).
The intent of this conference is to have an open discussion about the extraction of BC’s natural resources and how to do so responsibly. Followed by the conversation of which technological advances in alternative clean energy require metals and minerals from BC. To maintain the production of wind turbines, solar panels, and high-density batteries it is essential for the conscientious extraction of such metals and minerals. For example, to build one wind turbine it demands over 100 tones of steelmaking coal and once the turbine is running it will remain self-sufficient.
It is evident that the role of mining is changing to support the demand of clean energy. It is imperative that our mining corporations listen because it’s also inviting to the flourishing tech industry in Vancouver. If BC can provide the kind of clean metals and minerals that are in demand by these tech companies then we will see a roaring locally sustained economy. BC Mining has a major role to play in the future of clean energy and we are excited for it!
The Canadian Federal Government is finally addressing our home affordability crisis. On November 22nd, they introduced a $40 Billion dollar 10-year plan for a National Housing Strategy. This plan will provide that needed change by creating 100,000 new housing units and repairing 300,000 buildings and homes.
The goal of this plan is to reduce homelessness by 50% and give a helping hand to Canadians in need. Most of this proposal will be implemented after the next federal election but already this year, they have acted across the country by building 8800 units, repairing, and rebuilding houses. Prime Minister Trudeau introduced the plan and rational by saying,
“Housing rights are human rights, everyone deserves a safe and affordable place to call home.”
An initial $20 Billion dollars will be dedicated to building new houses and units, while the remaining will be addressing the subsequent issues:
• Addressing the needs of 530,000 vulnerable Canadians
• Implementing a new benefit for low-income tenants
• Preventing 385,000 households from losing an affordable home
• Offering 300,000 families with financial support with the Canada Housing Benefit
The innovative idea of the Portable Housing Benefit provides mobility and a choice of residency. This is a game changer for subsidized living; in the past, subsidized living meant sharing a unit with many other individuals and having to stay stagnant remaining with the benefit. However, with the portable homes, its inhabitants can move to a new location without losing their home. Before, passing up a job opportunity in another city was not uncommon due to the necessity of keeping their living quarters. These portable homes are not only providing better living spaces but also providing freedom to its tenants.
DestinationoneCERM will be happy to provide staffing for any needed construction and repairing on this extremely important project. We are happy to see Canada is taking a step in the right direction to solve this home affordability crisis.
Vancouver’s residential housing sector is taking a hit with labor shortages; construction companies struggle to find qualified laborers to complete the high demand of work. Last year, Metro Vancouver built around 30,000 homes and according to BC Construction Association there was a shortage of 14,200 workers.
This shortage of labor is decelerating the building process and increasing the prices on these new residential homes. The majority of skilled laborers are over the age of 45 and there aren’t enough new workers joining the workforce.
Have you ever thought about a career in construction? Maybe it’s time you did, the average yearly wage of a BC construction worker is $58,800 and that number is gaining. The construction workforce grew by 12% this year, work is in high demand with a great payoff. Another great benefit of going into a trade is that there is an incredible amount of options, for example:
– Analyzer Technician
– Boiler Maker
– Building inspector
– Concrete Finisher
– Construction Estimator
– Construction Manager
– Construction Millwright/Industrial Mechanic
– Contract Administrator
– Contract Administrator
– Crane Operator
– Interior Finisher
– Painter and Decorator
– Trades Helper/Laborer
These are only some of the options of trade out there! If you’re interested in a trade career or need to hire skilled laborers contact destinationoneCERM (Construction, Engineering, Real-Estate, and Mining) we can assist you.
Phone: 778 855-1362
If you just want to try and see if construction is the right career for you, contact destinationoneTemp. They can set you up with a short-term temporary construction job that will help you determine your career path.
Phone: 778 855-7124
#Votemining was an initiative launched before this recent election to prompt the provincial political parties of BC to take a stance on mining and bring social awareness to the important impact mining has on our economy and the crucial need for mineral exploration.
Three corporations formed vote mining: the Association for Mineral Exploration (AME), the Mining Association of BC (MABC) and the Mining Suppliers Association of BC (MSABC). Their purpose was to harness this issue and focus on the fact that there are more than 10,000 direct BC employees in the mining industry and 20,000 indirect employees in service and supply industries. Mining is a massive industry in BC that impacts thousands of our citizen’s lives, it is important to know where our leaders stand on the mining industry.
Vote Mining played an active role with their twitter account, taking to social media and posting responses from their survey by political party members such as Phillip Ryan (BC Citizens First Party), Josh Steffler (Libertarian Party of BC), Adam Olsen (BC Green Party), and Spencer Chandra Herbert (BC NDP).
Vote Mining Twitter Account @votemining
All NDP elected party members responded with positive support towards the issue. The recently elected Premier John Horgan was committed to ongoing flow-through tax credit for mineral exploration, eliminating PST from electricity used for mining operations, funding training programs in the mining industry, and protecting existing mining sites and operations.
Vote Mining actively encouraged citizens to ask the right questions to their political party leaders. Such as their first question on their survey:
“What fiscal measures will you implement to ensure that mineral exploration and development remains globally competitive and able to attract investment?”
There are detailed accounts of all the party member’s responses to their survey on their website. Even though the election has already taken place, we encourage you to read their responses to truly understand the massive importance the mining industry plays in BC’s economy.
The continual rise of condo prices in Vancouver have questioned the inevitable tipping point of the market.
As the global economy continues to stabilize, Vancouver’s economy follows suite. The initial boom of 2015 has settled down but real estate prices continue to rise. The Condo market is the hottest sector in the Vancouver real estate industry currently and experts say that there is no sign of it slowing down.
Construction is still the driving force in Vancouver’s current economic development. This has created an unprecedented requirement for part-time and full-time staffing. As the condo market continues to remain hot, there doesn’t seem to be any dip in the current trend. The necessity for staff in all sectors is at an all-time high, creating demand for staffing of qualified laborers and skilled trades people in the construction industry.
Understanding these needs, destinationoneCERM supplies for the demand of this fast-track construction industry; we have been preparing to stay ahead of the curve by scouting and developing new contacts for staffing needs.