B.C. budget training dollars skip construction industry

Andreas Milano

Tuesday’s provincial budget included millions of dollars for a variety of training initiatives, but the construction industry says it was overlooked, despite continuing to be a massive driver of the provincial economy.

Chris Gardner, president of the Independent Contractors and Businesses Association, said the biggest issue in the construction industry is the shortage of workers, which was not addressed by the budget.

Between people retiring and demand for new workers, the industry in B.C. will need 60,000 more people between now and 2030, he said, noting the budget should have included major investment in trades training and for the expansion

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Company Insights for the Residential Building Construction Industry | Impact of Trends and Challenges on Companies, Risk of Doing Business, Top Geographical Competitors, Key Executive Details

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Protecting Your Construction Business During Economic Downturns

Andreas Milano

Despite being considered essential, the construction industry is one of many that were adversely affected by the economic downturn caused by the pandemic. This period will eventually pass, and what matters is being able to sustain our businesses until better times arrive. In fact, forecasts indicate that the construction industry is likely to recover in 2021 and it will continue to grow in the coming decade. Here are the measures that will help minimize the negative impact of this economic downturn on your construction business.

Don’t Take More Jobs Than You Can Get Paid For

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Contractor seeks to charge Portland schools $1.2 million for new business tax; district sues

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Portland Public Schools is going to court after the contractor rebuilding a high school sought to pass along $1.2 million in costs triggered by Oregon’s new corporate activity tax.

The Oregon Legislature approved the business tax in 2019 to raise $1 billion a year for public schools, preschools and other educational programs. Businesses must pay a 0.57% tax on most sales in Oregon above $1 million.

The law didn’t exist in April 2018 when Fortis Construction and Portland schools signed a contract to renovate what was then known as Madison High School (it’s now McDaniel High School.) The project ultimately

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How did Construction Dive’s ‘mini megacities’ fare during the pandemic?

Andreas Milano

In February of last year, Construction Dive reported on five “mini megacities” experiencing commercial construction booms. These mostly Midwestern cities were enjoying an influx of construction work, driven by booming job markets and a low cost of living.

Then the COVID-19 pandemic hit, shutting down whole industries like hospitality and aviation and forcing people to stay home in order to help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. Fortunately, most states and local jurisdictions declared construction an essential service, so many contractors were able to work through the strictest of lockdowns, but some owners and developers put a halt to

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Heavy Equipment Operator Program Helping to Advance Careers in Construction

Andreas Milano

In 2011, only 13% of construction business owners reported cost and availability of labor as a significant problem. Fast forward to 2020 and the share increased to 85%. That means in any given month, there is a shortage of 200,000 to 300,000 workers. This labor shortage has far-reaching implications for worker safety and construction quality—which could adversely impact the entire industry if investments are not made to address the issue.

Thankfully, trade schools all over the country are stepping up and creating programs to help fill the pipeline with workers. Ocean County Vocational Technical School (OCVTS) recently launched the Heavy

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