Development and Renovation Costs Rise Due to Shortage of Workers

Development and Renovation Costs Rise Due to Shortage of Workers

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
– Bricklayer
– Building inspector
– Cabinetmaker
– Carpenter
– Concrete Finisher
– Construction Estimator
– Construction Manager
– Construction Millwright/Industrial Mechanic
– Contract Administrator
– Contract Administrator
– Crane Operator
– Electrician
– Framer
– Interior Finisher
– Painter and Decorator
– Plumber
– 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

Engineering shortage demands higher education

Engineering shortage demands higher education

As construction continues to boom in BC the province is seeing a shortage of qualified engineers. The Canadian Council of Chief Executives released a survey that revealed a shortage of skilled workers and engineers were at the top of the list being the “most difficult to find and retain”.

Dalhousie University in response to this shortfall, has heard this need and is revamping their architecture and engineering campus for spring 2018. This 64-million-dollar renovation will allow for new engineering facilities with top tear technology. Recently, Irving Oil donated 2.2 Million dollars towards this renovation supporting the next generation of engineering.

Not only will this renovation provide a facility capable of modern engineering but they are also giving away $700,000 in scholarships. These scholarships will be made available to engineering students in the next 10 years.

This power move by Dalhousie University shows their inclination to becoming a strong hold for engineering in Canada. With such a highly acclaimed post-secondary school focusing specifically on engineering it seems logical that other schools with follow suit. This could be the push that other universities need to help relieve this shortage of workers. Dalhousie’s 10 year plan this larger facility will allow the influx of engineering grads and close the demanding gap of unqualified workers.