The 2015 Nova Scotia Construction Guide is available online!

The Nova Scotia Construction Guide is our annual directory circulated to approximately 750 CANS member companies, and over 750 architects, engineers, school boards, hospitals, municipal engineers, property managers and government buyers across Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador and beyond.

The 2015 Nova Scotia Construction Guide highlights what we do at CANS, the industry education we offer and the programs and services that we provide to our members. Also included is information on the outlook for the construction industry and information on key documents you may need. The CANS A-Z and Sources section will provide you with a detailed listing of all our members.

To view the 2015 Nova Scotia Construction Guide online, click here.

BuildForce Canada – 2015 Provincial Highlights Now Available

BuildForce Canada’s annual Construction and Maintenance Looking Forward forecasts offer a 10-year scenario of workforce supply and demand by trade, province and region. These forecasts help industry, training providers and government decision makers manage workforce requirements.

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CANS Atlantic Cat De-Icer – Join us on April 17!

The CANS Atlantic Cat De-Icer is our largest business networking event, hosting over 1,800 individuals in the construction industry.

On April 17, we’re welcoming members to the Cunard Centre to join us for a night of lobster, roast beef, mussels and refreshments. Don’t delay on buying your tickets – we’re over 75% sold out!

Click here for more information and to purchase your tickets today! 

Industry Trends Information Session: Leveraging Unified Communications to Improve Your Business

Join CANS on April 21, 2015 for an information session on leveraging unified communications to improve your business.

About the Session:

Learn how to take advantage of the latest Unified Communications technology to reduce operational costs, boost productivity and gain competitive advantage. As traditional methods of business communications (i.e. landlines, faxes, face to face meetings, etc.)have evolved towards wireless and fibre optic based technologies, the trend is to unify voice, data, video and security applications on a common IP Network infrastructure.

This session will explore how this trend affects new construction design and how Unified Communications technology solutions can be implemented into the existing infrastructure of any business.

What Will Participants Gain?
Learn why a properly designed (and tested) internal cabling and Wireless Network infrastructure is critical to optimizing technology performance. Learn how mobile and room-based video collaboration technology can improve project efficiency and general communication, while strengthening your competitive advantage.

Discover how combing fibre optic data and voice services can save thousands of dollars per year. Find out how mobile and IP-based Security Solutions can help reduce loss, theft and improve safety.


Date: April 21, 2015
Duration: 1 hour (apprximate)
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Member Price: FREE

To attend this information session on leveraging unified communications to improve your business, register HERE.

Loblaw expansion plans: build 50 new stores, renovate 100

Canada’s largest supermarket chain has big plans for expansion this year, as it increases its footprint in the competitive grocery market.

Loblaw Companies Ltd. (TSX:L) says it will build 50 new stores and renovate or improve more than 100 existing stores in 2015. The additions will be across the country, and Loblaw’s estimates it will create about 5,000 jobs at its corporate and independently-owned stores.

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Why Are Construction Workers the Happiest Employees?

According to TINYpulse’s 2015 Best Industry Ranking report, gathered from its anonymous one-question feedback surveys from over 30,000 employees across more than 500 organizations, among 12 distinct industries, construction and facility service workers are the happiest employees. Read more.

Survey Finds Superintendents Have the Hardest Job in Construction

Superintendents hold the construction industry’s most difficult job, but they are also among construction’s happiest workers, according to a survey. FieldLens posed 12 questions on job satisfaction and technology habits to 163 construction professionals to gather data on superintendents, a group rarely featured in construction industry surveys. Read more.

Next-generation Concrete Surface Promises Quieter Roads

A new concrete texture designed to reduce road noise is raising interest across the U.S. The Next Generation Concrete Surface (NGCS) also known as “Quiet Grind” and “Grind and Groove,” is being billed as the first new concrete texture introduced in the last 20 years and credited in a report from the American Concrete Pavement Association (ACPA) as “the quietest texture yet developed for non-porous concrete pavements.” Read more.

Construction Firms Must Embrace a Culture of Innovation to Keep up

For the construction industry to keep up with the rapid evolution in technology trends, owners and employers need to instill a culture of innovation within their companies, say experts. Read more.

3D Printing Technology Enters Unchartered Territory

3D printing appears to be the “next big thing” in construction, rivalling BIM in its capacity to grab headlines. Beyond the headlines, 3D printing does provide great potential to fundamentally change the construction industry by altering the design, fabrication and installation processes. However, such radically new methods of working bring risks of liability and contractual issues. Read more.