This year was defined by crises on multiple fronts as the COVID-19 pandemic continued to shape every aspect of our lives; British Columbia faced both devastating wildfires, heat waves and unprecedented flooding and mudslides; and the global supply chain hit a wall as the price of construction materials and other goods climbed steadily upward.
There were bright spots, primarily in the form of a series of vaccines that went from a promise at the beginning of the year to the majority of Canadians rolling up their sleeves and getting two shots in their arms.
Canada also held a federal election, though the resulting win by the Liberal Party looked scarcely different than its previous minority government.
The Daily Commercial News and Journal of Commerce also addressed “the other pandemic” that is raging across this country in a multi-part series called Cracks in the Foundation: Mental Health, Substance Use and Construction. It examined the impact of substance use and mental health challenges in the construction sector.
Throughout the year British Columbia was battered not only by summer wildfires but record-shattering rainfall in November resulting in floods, mudslides and significant damage to infrastructure. The province’s construction industry will have an abundance of work in 2022 as it rebuilds highways, bridges and roads while insuring resilience against the next climate crisis.
As a new year speeds towards us, COVID-19 remains a shifting, though increasingly manageable, threat. Will 2022 be another pandemic year or are new challenges on the horizon?