June 28, 2022


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RAIC issues advisory on implications of rising costs

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) has issued an advisory notice to its members urging them to exercise vigilance dealing with contracts given the major spike in construction costs in the past year.

The notice was sent under the name of Gregory MacNeil, the RAIC’s vice-president of practice, with the subject line Extraordinary Market Conditions or other Factors not Reasonably Foreseeable.

The June 20 statement said the RAIC is monitoring the situation through its relationships with the Canadian Construction Document Committee and other AEC partner organizations and through contacts with architects, engineers and constructors across Canada.

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Green retrofit program can create jobs, solidify supply chains: CAGBC

Canada’s building sector must be able to meet demand in the right locations and at the right time to capitalize on the green retrofits opportunity, a new report from the Canada Green Building Council (CAGBC) states.

The new report from the CAGBC and The Delphi Group predicts a nationwide green retrofit program will create up to 75,000 jobs annually across Canada.

Unveiled at the Building Lasting Change conference, the study states that retrofits that lower the carbon footprint of buildings have the potential to generate up to 2.1 million job years and help Canada meet its 2030 and 2050 climate targets.

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Toronto stays on top of North American crane count

Toronto continues to rein when it comes to the crane count across North America.

According to the latest Rider Levett Bucknall’s Crane Index for North America, which tracks the number of operating tower cranes in 14 major cities across the US and Canada, Toronto has seen a 21% increase over last year.

April’s Crane Index showed cities reporting increases in construction cranes include Chicago, Denver, New York, San Francisco, and Toronto. The only other Canadian city mentioned in the Index is Calgary, one North American city reporting a decrease in cranes, along with Boston, Portland, Seattle, and Washington, D.C.

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ECAO’s Aitken honoured with COCA’s Cliff Bulmer Award

The Council of Ontario Construction Associations (COCA) recognized construction industry leaders from across Ontario with its annual awards, held in-person in Niagara Falls recently.

COCA’s highest honour, the Cliff Bulmer Award, which recognizes an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to furthering the relationship between the construction industry and the Ontario government was awarded to Graeme Aitken, executive director of the Electrical Contractors Association of Ontario. Aitken was recognized for pursuing health and safety issues with ministers and ministries.

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Construction sector job vacancies reach record high

Employers in the construction sector were actively seeking to fill 81,500 vacant positions in the first quarter. That, says Statistics Canada, is a seasonally adjusted rise of more than seven per cent, or 5,400 positions, from the fourth quarter of 2021 and more than double the number (38,800) observed in the first quarter of 2020.

Vacancies were spread across many occupations with carpenters and construction trades helpers and labourers combining to represent more than 15,000 more openings in Q1 of this year than Q1 2020.

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Glass price increase adds to construction cost pressures

Glass suppliers hit the B.C. construction sector with a 40 per cent increase in the price of glass this week, adding to what many builders say are unsustainable cost increases that could lead to a wave of insolvencies. Guardian Glass gave notice to customers on June 14 that it was raising the price of clear glass 40 per cent effective June 20. Tinted glass will increase 25 per cent.

Other suppliers quickly followed suit.

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Multiple factors prompt the ‘perfect storm’ for Ontario concrete struggles

Aperfect storm of issues is curtailing concrete supplies to Ontario jobsites this season, prompting stakeholders like Concrete Ontario and the Ontario General Contractors Association (OGCA) to ramp up coping strategies.

The OGCA published a June 7 eblast from Concrete Ontario that outlined the problems in the sector, starting with the March blockade of aggregate sites by haulers that led to delays in production.

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EllisDon promotes pair to leadership positions in Western Canada

EllisDon has appointed Shane Beazley to senior vice-president of its western operations, and Ian Kerr to senior vice-president of western business development.

Beazley joined the EllisDon Calgary team in 2002 and has spent the past 20 years working on some of Calgary’s highest-profile projects, including the Calgary Airport, Alberta Children’s Hospital, Jamieson Place office tower, and the University of Calgary’s Schulich School of Engineering.

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Important TCA Updates

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All certificates and notices published in the Daily Commercial News (DCN) are a flat fee of $300 (plus tax). Special Affinity Pricing of $200 per certificate is available to all ConstructConnect subscribers and TCA members.
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TCIC Upcoming Courses
Jun. 29 & 30 | Wednesday & Thursday | 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM EST

June 29 | Wednesday | 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM EST

Microsoft Project 4-Webinar series (4 Gold Seal credits, only 4 spots left)
July 5, 12, 19 & 26 | Tuesday | 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST

July 5, 12 & 19 | Tuesday | 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST

Excel for Construction – Basic (1 Gold Seal credit)
July 6 & 13 | Wednesday | 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST

For more details, please click here, or contact: 
Faith Chen, Senior Manager, TCIC/Professional Development