CCA supports release of Asset Management Primer

The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) applauded the release of the Asset Management Primer, part of the Canadian Infrastructure Report Card, which details the important need for asset management plans for Canadian municipalities, as well as recommendations for implementing asset management practices.  

“The release of the Asset Management Primer as a follow-up to the 2012 Canadian Infrastructure Report Card is a great next step to tracking and monitoring the importance of ongoing infrastructure investment in Canada,” said Michael Atkinson, president of the CCA. “Since what gets measured, gets done, this primer will go a long way to assisting municipalities in their efforts to continually improve and build the infrastructure that drives the Canadian economy.”

The first-of-its-kind Canadian Infrastructure Report Card indicated that fewer than 15 per cent of municipalities could provide asset condition information that was derived from asset management processes. While the condition of aboveground assets is more easily identified, assets not as visible are only more accurately monitored with asset management processes. 

This past year saw increased awareness and promotion of asset management processes, including the federal government highlighting their importance in the New Building Canada Plan, the province of Ontario requiring asset management plans as eligibility for some provincial funding, and a number of municipalities developing their own asset management plans. 

“This primer once again showcases the importance of strong asset management to the long-term viability and sustainability of our core public infrastructure assets,” added Atkinson.

Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency Update Event

The Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency invites you to attend an Update Event. This event will be an opportunity for you to network with your colleagues, enjoy a warm meal, hear about our progress and help us identify how to better engage employers in the Apprenticeship and Trades Certification System.

Apprenticeship Agency Update Events are being held at Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) campuses across the province between October 20th and 29th, 2014. Below, please find a list of the session locations, dates and times. As meeting times vary by location, please make sure to register online for the session that is most convenient for you!

DATES:

October 20th
– Kentville, NSCC Kingstec Campus, 7:30 am – 9:30 am
– Bridgewater, NSCC Lunenburg Campus, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
October 23rd
– Yarmouth, NSCC Burridge Campus, 7:30 am – 9:30 am
October 27th
– Dartmouth, NSCC Waterfront Campus, 7:30 am – 9:30 am
October 28th
– Sydney, NSCC Marconi Campus, 7:30 am – 9:30 am
– Port Hawkesbury, NSCC Strait Area Campus, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
October 29th
– Stellarton, NSCC Pictou Campus, 7:30 am – 9:30 am
– Truro, NSCC Truro Campus, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Builders’ Lien Act Clarified

Amendments introduced today, Oct. 2, to the Builders’ Lien Act expand on changes made in 2013, and bring more clarity and consistency to the act. 

The act governs practices by owners, contractors and subcontractors for claims against a property by a business or person who has supplied labor or materials for work on it. The liens protect people from not being paid for their work or goods they provided on a project. 

Previous amendments allow owners and contractors to release holdback money to subcontractors as stages of a large project are completed. Before then, commercial builders would hold back 10 per cent of the total cost and could not fully release the holdback until the entire project was complete. 

Minor amendments now being made include:

— allowing an owner to continue to make payments to a contractor, up to 90 per cent, after receiving notice of a lien 
— requiring an owner to pay interest if they do not make a payment within 65 days of being permitted to, after a subcontract has been certified complete 
— allowing a holdback to be released if a lien has been vacated or cancelled
— aligning language introduced in the 2013 amendments with the language of the act.

To review amendments introduced in 2013, visit http://novascotia.ca/news/release/?id=20130506007 .

152nd Annual General Meeting

The CANS 152nd Annual General Meeting was held October 3rd-5th, 2014 at Rodd Brudenell River Resort in PEI. Over 130 CANS members attended the weekend-long event and enjoyed networking, keynote speakers, and Strategic Priority Area Committee Reports at the CANS AGM Business Session.

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Non-Residential Construction Investment 2nd Quarter 2014

Revised data from Statistics Canada made only small changes to non-residential construction activity for the first half of the year. Nova Scotia’s non-residential construction investment was revised to $175.2 million in the second quarter from the initial estimate of $173.5 million.
In the second quarter of 2014, non-residential building construction in Nova Scotia declined 5.4 per cent from the previous quarter to $175.2 million (seasonally adjusted). Compared with the same quarter in 2013, non-residential building construction is down 7.0 per cent. This decline appears to be more pronounced in Halifax non-residential construction, which declined by 9.6 per cent compared to Q1 2014 and 19.5 per cent compared to Q2 2013 .  Read more.

Report says universities must invest in aging infrastructure

A new report from the Canadian Association of University Business Officers (CAUBO) says that Canadian universities face approximately $8.4 B in deferred facilities maintenance, but still have an opportunity to address the backlog before it becomes a critical problem. According to the report, the deferred maintenance costs faced by participating universities have more than doubled since 2000. The report warns PSE leaders that without a significant investment, more than 60% of the space studied in the report will have gone 25 years since its last renewal, and 25% will have gone 50 years. Many of these facilities are described in the report as “mission-critical,” including core research facilities; failing to maintain this vital infrastructure, the report says, could negatively affect teaching and research activities. Fewer than 20% of Canadian universities are on-track to meet necessary stewardship targets. Read more.

 

 

Thiel Group sues over Nova Centre planning exemption

The development of the $500-million Nova Centre complex under construction in downtown Halifax has taken a new litigious twist.

The Thiel Family Group of Companies, owners of the Bank of Montreal Building, the TD Centre and the downtown block of buildings proposed to be redeveloped as 22nd Commerce Square, has launched a Nova Scotia Supreme Court action, alleging that the provincial government broke its own laws by granting Argyle Developments Inc., owner and developer of Nova Centre, an exemption from municipal planning rules.

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CANS Launches Executive Certificate in Construction Leadership Program

CANS is partnering with Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Management, to deliver the Executive Certificate in Construction Leadership, a five month long cohort made based experience consisting of 15 courses where participants will develop critical leadership and industry specific behaviours, skills and attitudes.

Learn more and apply for the program today!

 

PRESS RELEASE
A new Executive Certificate in Construction Leadership will be introduced at Dalhousie’s University in the fall of 2014

The new professional development program is the result of a partnership between the Construction Association of Nova Scotia (CANS) and the Faculty of Management’s Executive Education Program.

The Executive Certificate in Construction Leadership is designed to support high potential candidates in Nova Scotia’s construction industry, developing the knowledge, behaviours, skills and competencies demanded from leaders in the sector. The program consists of 15 courses designed to develop leadership skills delivered through a blend of on-line and face-to-face learning. The program will also satisfy 25 educational credits for qualified candidates seeking to obtain their Gold Seal Accreditation, a nationally recognized level of experience and competence.

Dalhousie brought its innovative approach to the field of executive education in the fall of 2012 with the launch of a cohort-based leadership and management development program, which is adapted specifically to the needs and context of organizations in order to enhance productivity, efficiency and profitability.

“With the success of our first four cohorts from the Halifax Port Authority, IMP and Lindsay Construction, we have continued to refine our programming, enabling their teams to contribute to the success and long-term sustainability of their organizations and for individuals to enhance their professional profiles. Through our relationship with our partners at CANS, we’re pleased to open the doors to a different kind of cohort – individuals who are associated with the construction industry. What they have in common is not their company, but the vertical in which they work,” said Peggy Cunningham, Dean, Dalhousie Faculty of Management.

CANS partnered with Dalhousie University to further its mandate to deliver world-class leadership development training. “At CANS we work with organizations to help them become more productive and efficient, to develop their capacity and the capabilities of their people, and to attract and retain the future leaders of our industry,” said President Duncan Williams.

The Executive Certificate in Construction Leadership program was officially launched at a ceremony held in the Rowe Management Building on Feb. 10. Premier Stephen McNeil and a wide range of representatives from the construction industry were in attendance along with Labour and Advanced Education Minister Kelly Regan, and Dalhousie University President Richard Florizone.

“The partnership we have established with CANS is just one of many examples of how we intend to work to be an integral part of the growing prosperity of our province, our region and beyond. We look forward to welcoming the first cohort to the Executive Certificate in Construction Leadership to Dalhousie in the fall of 2014 – they represent the future of a more competitive, productive and efficient construction industry in Nova Scotia,” said Florizone.

(CANS represents over 760 large and small companies that build, renovate and restore non-residential buildings, roads, bridges and other engineering projects. As an industry trade association CANS represents the interests of contractors, suppliers and service providers throughout Atlantic Canada and across the country.)

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For more information contact:

 

Janet Tobin
Communications & Marketing Lead
jtobin@cans.ns.ca
(902) 468.2267 x. 713
cell: (902) 818.0835

BuildForce Canada Provincial Preliminary Investment Trend Report

BuildForce Canada has produced provincial Preliminary Investment Trends (2013 – 2018) reports . These reports provide initial insight into new major projects, maintenance, sustaining capital, and ongoing investment trends that are impacting constructionlabour markets. They serve as a precursor to the more detailed Construction and Maintenance Looking Forward 2014–2023 reports to be released in early 2014.
The information has been validated through consultations with government and industry, including owners, contractors, and labour groups.However, changes in anticipated project schedules can alter these expected trends. BuildForce Canada is monitoring economic conditions and the scheduling of major construction projects and will incorporate relevant changes into the new forecast scenario for release early in 2014. We hope you will find this information useful in the interim. We have also updated the Construction Map App to reflect the major projects that we are tracking. The Map App can be accessed at www.constructionmapapp.ca.

 

 

CANS Connect

To help meet the needs of our members across the province and region, CANS has developed CANS Connect, a fully integrated, high definition video-based system to be used for delivering education, presentations and connecting members to each other and their contacts. This state of the art video system includes two fully-equipped physical classrooms and the ability to provide dedicated connection for virtual meeting spaces simultaneously.

 

Learn more about CANS Connect.