Operating Worksites During COVID-19
Last week, in an ongoing effort to fight COVID-19, the Government of Alberta announced that all non-essential services must close. At this time, this does not include construction (including residential) as it has been identified as an essential service. As projects continue to move forward, it is important to remember that this could change at any time. For the latest information refer to government resources.
 
The Government of Alberta and public will be watching jobsites. Companies, trades and suppliers are expected to be following the COVID-19 protocols in addition to regular safety practices. During this unprecedented time, it is critical that safe work procedures are communicated and enforced to help protect employees and prevent the spread of COVID-19.
 
BILD Alberta has compiled a document highlighting practices and procedures to use on every jobsite, regardless of scale. The tips and best practices are based on information provided by public health authorities, member companies and other associations. This document will be updated periodically.


Worksites could be shutdown at any point if government deems it necessary to do so – keep this in mind when planning any upcoming work. Limited notice may be provided to protect the integrity of completed work and leave the site in a safe condition until work resumes. Have a contingency plan in place that reflects that rapid nature in which things are changing.
 
BILD Alberta is working daily with the Government of Alberta to support their efforts to contain COVID-19 while facilitating ongoing construction projects. We will continue to provide updates as things change. We will get through this together. Stay healthy and safe!
Housing Starts
HIGHLIGHTS
Housing Inventory: Year-to-date provincial inventory rose in February by 5.6%, totaling 5,711 units – a record high. Edmonton’s inventory has taken a small dip; however, Calgary still has large amounts of unsold homes.

Housing Starts: Housing starts are down in every region ranging from -1.1% in Calgary to -60.5% in Red Deer. The first two months of 2020 have seen low levels of housing starts particularly in the row, semi-detached and multi-unit markets.

Single-Detached Starts: The province saw a 20.8% year-to-date increase in single-detached starts with Calgary, Edmonton, and Grande Prairie posting solid numbers.

New Home Sales: Sales of newly built homes declined in the province with only Grande Prairie and Medicine Hat seeing increases. The MLS market, which includes previously owned homes, has been more vibrant seeing an 8.4% year-to-date increase. This indicates home buying is still occurring; however, it has shifted towards the resale market.

Average Sale Price: Average home sale prices are up across the province in every region except for Calgary (-0.6%).

The following table provides a snapshot of key indicators for Alberta’s major centres. More detailed information of the individual centres is available in the local reports.
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Impact of COVID-19 on Business
Which of the following has impacted your business the MOST since COVID-19 pandemic?
Traffic of Prospective Buyers
Availibility of Trades & Subtrades to Report for Work
Permits Approval Delays
Inspection Delays