Every year, we reach out to the readers of Construction Canada and ask them about their thoughts on the country’s construction industry. The magazine reaches all sorts of design/construction experts across the nation, but it is also the official publication of Construction Specifications Canada (CSC), a multidisciplinary group committed to the ongoing development and delivery of quality education programs and services for the betterment of the construction community.
The Canadian Institute of Marine Engineering is hosting Mari-tech 2016 in St. John’s, Newfoundland, on May 5 and 6. Under the theme “Harsh Ocean Environments: Marine Engineering Challenges and Solutions,” the two-day conference expects to draw more than 450 people to its exhibits, keynote addresses, and track sessions on hot topics in the industry.
The Institute for Work and Health (IWH) released the results of its study that suggests there are fewer injuries requiring workers’ compensation at unionized construction firms. The results of “Protecting Construction Worker Health and Safety in Ontario, Canada: Identifying a Union Safety Effect” were based on 5797 unionized and 38,626 non-unionized construction companies in Ontario.
On September 22, the Canadian German Chamber of Industry and Commerce (CGCIC) will host its sixth Canadian German Conference on Energy-efficient Retrofits in Building in Toronto. The conference is part of a German business delegation trip to Ontario from September 21 to 25 where German companies visit to learn more about the Canadian market and establish new business contacts.
The Canadian Institute of Steel Construction (CISC) is hosting Steel Day on September 18 to showcase the versatility, performance, and sustainability of steel across Canada. Across the country, steel mills, fabricators, suppliers, distributors, consultants, and others will open their facilities, job sites, and offices to provide tours and presentations about their operations, products, services, and projects on Steel Day.
The National Trade Contractors Coalition of Canada (NTCCC) applauded the Canadian Construction Association (CCA) for calling on authorities to make a change in the bidding process to include subcontractors. NTCCC said it was both a positive and necessary change increasing transparency and accountability in the Canadian construction industry.
The Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) announced the national housing start trend for March reached 179,016 units, compared to 180,236 units in February. The trend is a six-month average of the monthly seasonally adjusted annual rates (SAAR) of housing starts.
The Government of Manitoba has invested in road, bridge, and infrastructure improvements to support jobs, boost regional economy, and better traffic flow in the province’s north. From 2010 to 2015, the province invested $85 million into roads, bridges, and infrastructure in Northern Manitoba.
Buildex, a two-day tradeshow and conference for the construction, renovation, architecture, interior design, and property management industries, is returning to Vancouver this year. From February 25 to 26, the annual conference held at the Vancouver Convention Centre West expects more than 13,500 attendees. It offers a ‘build-your-own’ conference schedule as each session is individually priced; there will also be more than 600 exhibits, and 50 educational seminars.