Nova Scotia Building Permits, November 2018

The value of building permits issued in Nova Scotia increased 13.4 per cent in November, following a (revised) increase of 12.5 per cent in October. Residential permits increased 20.9 per cent while non-residential building permits declined 6.3 per cent. Monthly results for building permits are highly volatile; the six-month moving average of residential permits trended modestly upwards through 2017 and then declined in early 2018. Residential permits have since re-established an upward trend. The non-residential permits’ six-month moving average has remained relatively flat since mid-2017. Read more.

What makes tradespeople the happiest workers in the country?

A recent report says tradespeople are among the happiest workers in the country. About one-thousand skilled trade workers took part in the survey. More than 60 per cent them said they believe they have “really accomplished something worthwhile” through their work — and their work gives them a “sense of success and achievement.” Jon Callegher is the report’s director. He says the findings are important, given the amount of time we spend at our jobs and our individual desire for meaning in life. Here he is in conversation with Up North’s Wendy Bird.

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Targeted relief on aluminum and steel: Stability is still needed

The Canadian construction industry is encouraged by the Canadian government’s decision to provide relief on specific aluminum and steel products.

“Our industry has been hit hard over the last few months, and this relief will bring some much needed good news as we are working hard at building the infrastructure that Canadians need,” said Mary Van Buren, Canadian Construction Association (CCA) president.

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Infrastructure Minister ‘laser-focused’ on construction projects for 2019

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau built a successful 2015 election platform around a core promise: Short-term deficits will boost the economy through a massive increase in infrastructure spending.

With less than a year to go before voters cast their judgment in the next federal election, the deficits have materialized. The promised return to balance by 2019 has not. Whether the Liberal government fully delivered on the infrastructure front remains an open question.

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