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Economy

 

Building Permits – September 2013
In Nova Scotia, the value of building permits issued decreased 2.8 percent in September 2013 from August 2013. The total value of building permits in September 2013 was $92.3 million (seasonally adjusted), 35.9 percent lower than September of last year. The value of residential permits were down 8.7 percent compared to August 2013 and down 31.4 percent compared to September 2012. Non-residential permits were up 9.8 percent compared to August 2013 and down 42.6 percent compared to September 2012.  Learn more.

Canadians See Light at End of Tunnel with Renewed Optimism across Construction Industry
The majority of companies in the global engineering and construction sectors have fresh optimism and anticipate further growth across the industry, according to KPMG’s Global Construction Survey. After prolonged economic uncertainty, companies are experiencing a general increase in backlogs and margins, showing an overall positive outlook in the industry. The global and Canadian landscape is enthusiastic about the industry but there is a sense of realism to forward planning with many feeling that growth may take several years. Learn more.Building Permits – September 2013
In Nova Scotia, the value of building permits issued decreased 2.8 percent in September 2013 from August 2013. The total value of building permits in September 2013 was $92.3 million (seasonally adjusted), 35.9 percent lower than September of last year. The value of residential permits were down 8.7 percent compared to August 2013 and down 31.4 percent compared to September 2012. Non-residential permits were up 9.8 percent compared to August 2013 and down 42.6 percent compared to September 2012.  Learn more.

Non-Residential Construction Investment  3rd Quarter 2013
In the third quarter of 2013, investment in non- residential building construction (seasonally-adjusted) was $198 million, up 6.3 percent from the previous quarter but 4.1 percent below the third quarter of last year. Commercial investment, the largest component of non-residential investment, increased 5.5 percent compared to the previous quarter and is up 5.7 percent from Q3 2012. Institutional and governmental building construction increased 11.0 percent from the previous quarter to $44 million but was down 16.9 percent from the previous year. Industrial building construction increased 1.6 percent from the previous quarter but is 30.7 percent lower than Q3 2012.

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Canadians See Light at End of Tunnel with Renewed Optimism across Construction Industry
The majority of companies in the global engineering and construction sectors have fresh optimism and anticipate further growth across the industry, according to KPMG’s Global Construction Survey. After prolonged economic uncertainty, companies are experiencing a general increase in backlogs and margins, showing an overall positive outlook in the industry. The global and Canadian landscape is enthusiastic about the industry but there is a sense of realism to forward planning with many feeling that growth may take several years. Learn more.

 

Technology & Innovation

Secret Google Project Could Transform Construction Industry
Google’s secret development department, Google X (responsible for Google’s very cool, although non-core initiatives, such as Google Glass and driverless cars) is reportedly working on a new technology that could transform the construction industry – as well as architecture itself. It goes by the name of “Genie.” According to Globes, a report from Genie’s development team, addressed to Google co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page, describes the invention as a cloud-based collaboration platform with “planning applications to help architects and engineers in the design process, especially for skyscrapers and large buildings. The platform includes planning tools of expert architects and engineers and advance analytics and simulation tools.” Learn more.

Construction Must Answer Innovation Call
A new institute, called Canadian Construction Innovations, will be charged with fostering innovation in the Canadian building industry. The industry has been slow on the uptake, and is not taking advantage of the research work that is taking place in universities. A majority in the industry are small or medium-sized businesses, which usually don’t have the financial ability to fund research. In fact many of them remain inward-looking, preoccupied more with their own survival than in extending their reach into the world outside. For them, innovation and improvements in productivity are difficult objectives. The new institute will be able to kick-start industry-driven research and innovation – using the industry’s own money. Learn more.

 

Skills & Labour

Skills Canada CEO’s Promotes Skilled Trades on Canada AM
Skills Canada CEO Shaun Thorson and Canada’s ToolGirl Mag Ruffman were recently interviewed on Canada AM where they promoted the need for skilled trade & technology workers as well as Skilled Trade & Technology Week.  Check out their interview.

BuildForce Canada Provincial Preliminary Investment Trends 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. 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.

2013 Construction Looking Forward Highlights Reports:
The CSC’s annual Construction Looking Forward forecasts offer a nine-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. The full National Summary report, as well as detailed provincial PowerPoint presentations, including notes that describe the slides, are available on the Construction Forecasts website. To order products individually, click here: http://www.csc-ca.org/en/products/2013-construction-looking-forward-highlights-reports.

Government Relations

2013 Provincial Election
In this Provincial election CANS will be playing an active role, ensuring that the issues important to you and the industry are top of mind for all candidates. CANS sent all the parties the CANS Nova Scotia Provincial Election Candidate Questionnaire asking them their positions on the issues facing our industry. We want to make sure you have all the information needed when you head to the polls. Read the Party Responses.

Industry Development

Supplier Information Sessions: Identify Opportunities in the Wind Industry
Potential suppliers are invited to attend an information session to learn more about doing business with the wind industry. Meet with developers and learn more about upcoming projects, the wind project development process, and procurement strategies. The sessions will focus on ancillary products and services. This includes pre-construction, site preparation, construction, operation and maintenance. A general list of applicable products and services can be found on The Maritimes Energy Association’s websiteLearn more.

Canstruction® Nova Scotia
Canstruction® Nova Scotia is a dynamic food and fundraising event in support of FEED NOVA SCOTIA, where teams come together to build incredible structures entirely out of canned food. At the end of it all, FEED NOVA SCOTIA distributes the food to member food banks and meal programs across the province. Awards are given out for Structural Ingenuity, Best Meal, Best Use of Labels, Juror’s Favourite, Honourable Mention, and the public has their say as well with the People’s Choice Award!  Interested in participating or in sponsorship of Canstruction® Nova Scotia, learn more.