Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) reported a slight increase in housing starts in Prince Edward Island for February.
According to CMHC, housing starts in the province were trending at 442 units in February, compared to 433 in January. The trend is a six month moving average of the monthly seasonally adjusted annual rates (SAAR) of housing starts.
“The trend in residential construction in urban centres on Prince Edward Island was up slightly in February following the strong start to the year observed in January,” said Claude Gautreau, Senior Market Analyst with CMHC’s Atlantic Business Centre. “The positive results observed thus far in 2015 stem mainly from increased multi-residential construction activity in the Charlottetown area,” added Gautreau.
The standalone monthly SAAR was 226 units in February, down from 945 in January.
Bear Head LNG Corporation, a subsidiary of Liquefied Natural Gas Limited recently received a construction permit for its proposed 8 mtpa LNG project in Nova Scotia.
The permit was issued by the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board. The company expects to receive the final approval from the Nova Scotia Environmental Board in the second quarter of 2015.
Liquefied Natural Gas plans to develop an LNG export facility at the partially developed Bear Head site on Canada’s East Coast near Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia.
The key assets of Bear Head LNG include a 255-acre site comprising industrial-zoned land (180 acres) and deep-water acreage (75 acres) as well as foundations in place for two 180,000 cubic meter LNG tanks. The land has been cleared, a majority of site works completed and roads constructed.
The Bear Head LNG export facility is likely to start commercial operation in 2019.
Emera said that the $1.6-billion Maritime Link, being built as part of the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project, is on time and on budget, reports The Canadian Press.
President and CEO Rick Janega said about 300 people are working on the subsea cable to connect the island of Newfoundland to Nova Scotia. The 170-kilometre cable is also on schedule to be in service in October 2017, he added.
The project, at its peak, will create up to 600 direct jobs, according to Janega.
The joint project between Nalcor and Emera would bring power from Muskrat Falls to the island of Newfoundland and on to Nova Scotia.The total cost estimate for the hydro project stands at close to $8.6 billion including Emera’s share of the cable.
Construction on 2,700 homes at the Forest Lakes Country Club outside of Windsor near Highway 101 will begin later this year, reports Hants Journal.
The 1,700-acre site near Ardoise will include condominiums, townhouses, single-family homes, retail space, hotels, parks and a boathouse adjacent to an 18-hole golf course, according to developers.
Terra Firma Development Corporation, run by Maritimers Bradley and Donald Marr, is constructing the new neighbourhood. The firm plans to market the properties to local and international clients who visit the province.
“Our international clients love Nova Scotia and love the idea of living in the great Canadian outdoors in a premium resort community packed with amenities,”the company’sPresident Bradley Marr states.
Steps for Life Walk 2015 will be held in May to raise awareness about the hazards of asbestos exposure.
Ron Garland was first exposed to asbestos while working in the Halifaxship yards as a teen. He was also repeatedly exposed to asbestos over his 40 year career as an electrician. On June 15, 2011, the devastating diagnosis was confirmed: mesothelioma. Ron died 6 months later.
Mesothelioma, and other occupational diseases resulting from exposure to harmful substances, are preventable.
Ron’s daughter, Charmaine Salter, along with family and friends, will be walking in honor of her dad, on team “Strumming Along with Ron”, in Windsor, Nova Scotia.
“I feel that by sharing dad’s story, I’m raising awareness about the hazards of asbestos exposure. I’m also helping to promote workplace safety so that other families don’t have to go through what we’ve been through,”Charmaine says.
The walk, Steps for Life – Walking for Families of Workplace Tragedy, will be held on the weekend of May 2/3. It is time to register to walk in Steps for Life in your community, and show support for Canadian families affected by workplace tragedy by raising funds for Threads of Life’s family support programs and services.
Fowler Construction Services, a construction company in Truro, received the Canada Job Grant.
Fowler Construction Services, a small company with eight employees, will receive over $16,000 through the Canada Job Grant. This will allow the company to provide Gold Seal Certification training to three current employees.
Fowler Construction Services is investing an additional $6,372. It is expected that this training program will support the company to build the in-house competencies needed to achieve its goals of increased efficiency, productivity and profitability.
The Canada Job Grant is an innovative, employer-driven approach to help Canadians gain the skills and training they need to fill available jobs. By requiring employers to partner in training investments, the Canada Job Grant will result in skills training that leads to guaranteed jobs.
The Canada Job Grant provides up to $15,000 per person for training costs, such as tuition and training materials, which includes up to $10,000 in federal contributions. Nova Scotia delivers the Canada Job Grant through its existing Workplace Innovation and Productivity Skills Incentive (WIPSI).
According to Build Force Canada, Nova Scotia’s construction industry will need to step up efforts to attract more young people, as more than 6 000 workers are planning to retire over the next 10 years.
By 2017–18, more than $7.9 million per year will be available for the Canada Job Grant in Nova Scotia.
Plans are moving ahead for preliminary design work on a new library for downtown Sydney, Nova Scotia, reports CBC News.
It would replace the current McConnell Memorial library, which was built in 1960. With about 500 visitors per day, it has outgrown its location. Neeta Kumar-Britten, a member of the build committee, says it’s important to find out exactly what’s needed in a new facility before launching a major fundraiser.
According to Kumar-Britten, the committee is hoping the consultant’s report will be finished by spring. The committee is hoping to start construction in the next two years.
The Construction Association of Nova Scotia (CANS) officially launched its Online Bidding System for Trade Contractors.
According to the organization, the Online Bidding System offers many benefits including convenience for users, accuracy and timeliness of information, and consistency of bidding processes. The system is designed specifically to reduce the potential for bidders to submit non-compliant bids, to have General Contractors receive the bids in an efficient electronic format, and also reduce the impact on the environment by decreasing the use of paper and the carbon footprint from vehicles used to transport bids, according to a statement.
The Online Bidding System is easy to use, and can be accessible by both members and non-members.
La Coop fédérée, an agricultural and agri-food co-operative has announced that Groupe BMR has become one of its wholly-owned subsidiaries, joining Olymel, Agrico Canada Ltd., Agronomy Company of Canada, and Énergies Sonic as part of its extended family.
La Coop fédérée had held a minority ownership in Groupe BMR since November 2013 and has now exercised the stock option set out in the agreement and purchased the remaining shares, the organization said in a news release.
“We’re very proud to welcome Groupe BMR to our network,” said La Coop fédérée Denis Richard “BMR is a leader in Quebec and Canada’s retail, renovation and construction sectors. Uniting our operations strengthens our leadership in the hardware sector. On behalf of La Coop fédérée’s employees, management and members, I want to tell our new colleagues from Groupe BMR that we’re looking forward to getting to know them and, with them, to build the future of this major sector – in Quebec, Canada, and the world.”
“This is a most strategic union given the industry’s highly competitive nature,” the news release says.
With its head office in Boucherville, Groupe BMR is also active in Ontario, the Maritimes, as well as Saint-Pierre and Miquelon. BMR’s annual sales are estimated at over $1.4 billion. Its stores employ 5,000 people.
“With this partnership, we become the second-largest player in Quebec, with a total of 350 renovation centres and hardware stores offering the best products and services in the industry,” said Yves Gagnon, honorary president of Groupe BMR. “This is great news for our clients, retailers and employees alike.” The Unimat and BMR brands will remain in use.
“This union allows two significant Quebec leaders to keep on leveraging local talent to offer our members and consumers the opportunity to procure the products they need close to home, in their community, at competitive prices,” said Gaétan Desroches, chief executive officer at La Coop fédérée. “The addition of Groupe BMR illustrates our will to build on the retail sector, particularly in the areas of renovations and building materials, and contribute to the growth of local economy, including in the agricultural sector. I want to thank our financial partners – including Investissement Québec – who allow companies such as ours to strengthen their roots in major economic sectors.”
La Coop fédérée began shifting to retail in the hardware and agricultural-machines sectors in 1977. Visit www.unairdefamille.coop for more information.