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February 2019

Regional Building Permits

BuildForce predicts 10 years of Labour Force Growth

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Regional Building Permits

Year-over-year

Through December of 2018, the value of building permits issued in the province’s regions climbed 22.3% (unadjusted) above the level recorded twelve months earlier. Investment intentions were up in most regions ranging from 12.0% in Thompson/Okanagan to 267.2% in North Coast. Planned spending rose in Mainland/Southwest (+26.4%), where increases in commercial (+70.0%), institutional (+22.2%), and residential (+19.2%) building permits offset a decrease for industrial (-19.8%) projects. Overall permits increased in Cariboo (+45.8%), Kootenay (+17.2%), and Vancouver Island/Coast (+9.6%), while the Nechako (-50.3%) and Northeast (-25.1%) regions saw a decline in the value of permits.

BC Stats Infoline

BuildForce predicts 10 years of Labour Force Growth

By Don Wall

British Columbia is expected to see high demand for construction labour well into the next decade, leading the way in industry gains among the four western provinces, says the latest BuildForce Canada labour market report for the sector.

Alberta and Saskatchewan will decline in the near future, but are expected to recover over the longer term due to renewed increasing demand for housing and the possible start of new projects, BuildForce’s 2019-2028 Construction and Maintenance Looking Forward provincial forecast report, released January 31, predicted.

Manitoba will be the weakest in the west, with construction labour employment expected to stall most of the next decade.

BuildForce executive director Bill Ferreira cautioned B.C.’s robust construction growth will require stakeholders to focus on recruitment in the next 10 years to ensure labour demands are met, given the bleeding of the workforce as boomers retire.

“We are now getting to the point where the retirement bubble we have been anticipating is finally starting to hit,” he said.

Such continuing demand, combined with labour force stresses being felt not only in B.C. but across the country, means the industry is going to have to work hard on recruitment for some time to come, said Ferreira.

Besides the LNG Canada facility, there is ongoing work at BC Hydro’s Site C project, the TransCanada Coastal GasLink pipeline, Phase 4 of the Highway 1 improvements and several other major public infrastructure projects on the go. BuildForce says those builds will combine to increase employment demand in the non-residential sector in B.C. by 12,900 workers by 2021.

With continuing strength in the residential sector driving demand for 1,700 new residential construction workers, the province will need to recruit a total of 14,600 construction workers in the next three years, the report says. 

Large jobs in the Lower Mainland will also drive employment demand in the sector, BuildForce said, identifying the Pattullo Bridge replacement, the Vancouver airport expansion, the Millennium Line and Surrey light rail transit systems, St. Paul’s Hospital, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority container expansion and various pipeline projects as major employers.

Some 44,200 construction workers are expected to retire from the provincial labour force over the next 10 years, the report indicated.

Over the past five years, more than 52,000 apprentices registered in the province’s 15 largest construction programs, with 22,580 completions registered during that period.

Meanwhile the moderate labour demand predicted for Alberta in past years is reaching fruition, said Ferreira. The report noted the commissioning of Fort Hills at the beginning of 2018 marked the end of large-scale oilsands expansion projects in the province.

Labour demand related to transportation infrastructure, major manufacturing and utility projects should peak in 2020, with first moderation then growth expected across the board after 2021. Total construction employment is expected to rise by 11 per cent between 2021 and 2028.

In Saskatchewan, modest new homebuilding along with the wrap-up of major highway, hospital and utility-sector projects will contribute to a dip in construction sector employment between 2019 and 2021. But the sector can expect a turnaround after that as new mining and utility-sector investments help strengthen economic conditions between 2022 and 2024.

As for Manitoba, Ferreira suggested the conclusion of major hydro-related projects along with lower levels of spending on roadways could prompt the province’s construction workers to look elsewhere for work starting around 2020.

Journal of Commerce

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Electrical Upgrades

Chetwynd High Lift Pump Station, Chetwynd

Remove existing High Lift Pump Station MCC and associated connections, wiring, and conduit.

Supply and install new MCC with VFDs and associated wiring, conduit, cable tray and electrical equipment.

TENDERS CLOSED
Journal of Commerce

Lighting Upgrade

Fort St. John Curling Club, 9504 96 Street, Fort St John

The work generally consists of, but is not limited to, the following:

TENDERS CLOSED
Journal of Commerce

GMS and PCN Draft Tube Maintenance Gate Refurbishment

Hudson's Hope

The Scope of Services required under this Contract includes the assignment of existing equipment to the contractor for refurbishment at the contractors workshop and also site work to refurbish small equipment.

The assigned equipment consists of 16 large steel structures (gates), hoist links and dogging devices. The equipment is located at Hudson Hope, BC, at the GM Shrum and Peace Canyon Generating Stations. Without limiting Contractors obligations with regards to the handling of BC Hydro property specified elsewhere in the Contract, all assigned equipment shall be subject to GC4.19 and GC.13.2.

The work also includes site work to remove and transport the gate sections to the workshop for detailed inspection, repairs if required, overhaul, abrasive blasting and painting.

TENDERS CLOSED
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Canadian Tire

9716 Old Fort Road, Fort St John

Construction of a 148,596-square-foot, one-story above grade retail development for a new Canadian Tire store with an automotive centre, garden centre and site work.

TENDERS CLOSED
Journal of Commerce

Culvert Replacement

Between km 311 & 330 of the Alaska Highway

The project includes installation of pipe culverts. The installation sites are located between KM 311 and KM 330 of the Alaska Highway between Fort St. John and Fort Nelson, BC. Installation of various sized diameter Steel Pipe Culverts using trenchless technologies (during winter conditions and frozen ground as applicable). Culvert installation via cut and cover construction techniques will not be accepted. Removal and offsite disposal of waste material from the inside of the installed culverts.

The work under this contract generally comprises the following but is not limited to:

TENDERS CLOSED
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Tenders Due


Road and Shallow Utilities

Tahltan Road, Fort St John

1150lm of 11m road construction complete with storm sewer, streetlighting and shallow utility installation. 620m of storm sewer installation.

TENDERS DUE
Journal of Commerce

Hot-In-Place Recycling

North Peace Roads

The Sites are located: Highway 97 - 1.18 km north of the junction with Highway 29 and continues north to km 46.82; Beatton Airport Road: km 18.5 to km 28.8; 271 Road: km 0.48 to km 7.69.

127.5 lane km of Hot-In-Place Recycling at 50 mm depth and 3.65 lane widths in the North Peace on: Highway 97 from 1.18 km north of the junction with Highway 29 and continuing north to km 46.82; Beatton Airport Road from km 18.5 to km 28.8; and 271 Road from km 0.48 to km 7.69.

TENDERS DUE
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OR Cooling Replacement

Dawson Creek Hospital, 11100 13 Street, Dawson Creek

Remove existing (1960) Water-Cooled Reciprocating unit and replace with new.

TENDERS DUE
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Alterations

No Frills, 1401 Alaska Avenue, Dawson Creek

Completed plans call for the renovation of a 29,930-square-foot retail development.

New Look interior renovation of existing No Frills grocery sales area, including new finishes & fixtures.

TENDERS DUE
Journal of Commerce

Sewer Projects

Fort St John

Site work for a water / sewer project.

The work to be undertaken generally consists of, but is not limited to, the following:

TENDERS DUE
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Retail Building

Marks Work Warehouse, Alaska Road S & Old Fort Road, Fort St John

Construction of a 17,617-square-foot, one-story above grade retail development.

TENDERS DUE
Journal of Commerce

Crack Sealing & Seal Coating

Highway 52, Junction Highway 29 to Rat Lake Road, Tumbler Ridge

Graded Aggregate Seal Coat 2019/20 H52, Jct H29 to Rat Lake Rd (117.81 Lane km).

This Project includes the crack sealing and seal coating of Highway 52 Junction Highway 29 to Rat Lake Road.

TENDERS DUE
Journal of Commerce

La Guarde Creek Bridge

Cecil Lake Rd & Siphon Creek Rd, Cecil Lake

This Project will replace the aging and disfigured La Guarde Creek Culvert. The new La Guarde Bridge will be composed of pre-cast components founded upon a sheet pile foundation. La Guarde Creek will be re-channelized and armoured with riprap.

31 km NE from the intersection of Siphon Creek Road and Cecil Lake Road, Cecil Lake.

TENDERS DUE
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Sanitary Main Replacement

Chetwynd, BC

Construction of sewermain replacement including:

TENDERS DUE
Journal of Commerce

Lighting Upgrade

Arena Fieldhouse, 9615-96 Avenue, Fort St John

The work generally consists of, but is not limited to, the following:

TENDERS DUE
Journal of Commerce

Supply and Installation - GMS Control Room

Hudson’s Hope, BC

Design, supply and installation of a new control room at G.M. Shrum (GMS) Generating Station, located near Hudson's Hope, BC.

TENDERS DUE
Journal of Commerce

PRES Transmission Line Construction

Fort St John to Chetwynd, BC

Construction of two new parallel 230kV transmission lines, each approximately 58 km long, between the Site C Substation, south of Fort St. John, BC, and the existing Shell Groundbirch Substation, approximately 30km east of Chetwynd.

TENDERS DUE
Journal of Commerce

Medical Device Reprocessing Department Renovation

Dawson Creek & District Hospital, 11100 13 Street, Dawson Creek

The work to be undertaken generally includes the following:

TENDERS DUE
Journal of Commerce

Replace 500kV Disconnect Switches

Gordon M. Shrum Generating Station, Hudson’s Hope

Installation of 500 kV disconnect switches 5D1 to 5D10 including steel structures and all electrical connections, and removal of existing disconnect switches and associated civil and electrical works at the Gordon M. Shrum Generating Station(GMS), located near Hudson's Hope, BC.

TENDERS DUE
Journal of Commerce