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Vancouver Island sets record building permits

For the second year in a row, construction on Vancouver Island set records with building permits increasing nine per cent to $2.45 billion in 2018.
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Langley’s first mass timber development set to rise

Langley, British Columbia is set to become the home of the Fraser Valley’s first ever residential mass timber development - Legacy on Park Avenue.
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Ontario touts public-private partnership savvy

Infrastructure Ontario will offer consulting services to the global market, pushing its experience overseeing dozens of major institutional construction projects.
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Shelley Gray named ITA chief executive officer

The B.C. Industry Training Authority (ITA) board of directors has named Shelley Gray its new Chief Executive Officer. Gray had been serving as interim CEO.
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B.C. first to allow 12-storey mass timber builds

B.C. will be first in Canada to allow 12-storey mass timber buildings. The current building code allows only six-storey mass timber buildings.
calgary ring road

Construction starts on Calgary Ring Road

Construction on Calgary’s southwest ring road is set to begin this spring after the province announced that contracts have been signed for two segments.

VEC forecasts $3.3B demand for greener buildings

The Vancouver Economic Commission (VEC) has launched the Green Building Market Forecast. The report identifies a $3.3 billion market opportunity.
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Soil sample results intensify cleanup demands

Hazardous contaminants from former industrial operations still linger in a now largely residential area of Edmonton.
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B.C. Builders Code to improve worker retention

A new initiative called Builders Code aims to address B.C.’s skilled labour shortage by reducing harassment, bullying and hazing on construction worksites.
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CHBA Okanagan appoints first female president

The Canadian Homebuilders' Association of the Central Okanagan has appointed its first ever female president, Cassidy deVeer, of 3rd Generation Homes.
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B.C. honours wood innovation and design

Inspired architecture and innovative structural engineering was honoured at the 15th annual 2019 Wood Design Awards in BC.
CBA court challenge coalition

Construction coalition challenges CBA in court

A coalition of British Columbia’s largest construction associations and progressive unions began legal proceedings Feb. 27 in B.C. Supreme Court.

Vancity receives top gold accessibility rating

Vancity has become the first financial institution in Canada to receive the ‘Accessibility Certified Gold' rating under the Rick Hansen Foundation program.
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Fiera and EllisDon create PPP partnership

Fiera Infrastructure and EllisDon Capital have joined forces to create a Canadian public-private partnerships (PPP) venture.
Broadway subway

Vancouver’s Broadway Subway project goes to RFQ

The B.C. government is moving forward with the Broadway Subway in Vancouver. The $2.83 billion project will add 5.7 kilometres and six stations.
climate action spending

Historic climate action spending appears modest

The promised $679 million amounts to $189 million of actual spending in 2019-20 since most of the investment is to be rolled out over a three-year period.
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New rental tower breaks ground in Vancouver’s West End

GWL Realty Advisors formally broke ground on a 21-storey market rental tower at 1500 Robson Street in Vancouver's West End. When complete, the tower will add 128 purpose-built rental units to the neighbourhood lacking in vacant apartments.